I consider myself a patriot and not a politician. I love this country. My family escaped communist Vietnam, and we were rescued by the U.S. Navy. I owe this country my life.
We live in a country over 200 years old that has always stood for freedom and opportunity. But it depends on each generation to do its part.
I’m proud to be called one of the most effective members of Congress. I care about actually getting real results. Washington is broken because too many members are driven by politics and not the Americans they represent.
This is our moment to fight for the freedom and democracy and opportunity that our country stands for.
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— Stephanie Murphy
More about Cast Forward with Stephanie Murphy
U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy is hosting a series of virtual conversations with Florida Democrats and key stakeholders, including listening events and one-on-one discussions throughout the state to gather input and ideas on how to build for the future.
The initial phase of the conversation series will focus on five key areas critical to the future of Florida:
- Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Managing misinformation;
- Combatting climate change;
- Advancing social justice and fighting voter suppression; and,
- Developing a new generation of Floridians.
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About Stephanie Murphy
A former educator and businesswoman, Stephanie is an immigrant, a refugee, and the first Vietnamese-American woman ever elected to Congress. Her family fled Communist Vietnam when she was a baby and were rescued by the U.S. Navy when their boat ran out of fuel and food in the South China Sea. After spending time in a Malaysian refugee camp, Stephanie and her family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in northern Virginia, becoming proud U.S. citizens. Stephanie went on to become the first woman in her family to go to college. Following the 9/11 attacks, she left her job in the private sector and eventually went to work at the Department of Defense as a national security specialist in the President George W. Bush administration.
After her husband had the opportunity to run a small business in Florida, Stephanie moved to Orlando and returned to the private sector, counseling small businesses and startups and teaching at Rollins College in Winter Park. When a gunman attacked the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016, Stephanie launched her campaign for Congress two weeks later, running on a platform of change, security, and equality.
Murphy went on that year to stun the political establishment by defeating a 24-year Republican incumbent. In 2018, she defeated a Republican state representative by over 15 points. Her margin of victory in 2018, compared to 2016, marked the largest improvement of any Democratic incumbent in Congress. In 2020, Murphy easily dispatched her main opponent, a Republican doctor from Puerto Rico. Murphy has consistently won despite her representing one of nine congressional districts in America that The Cook Political Report rates as having a “zero” partisan tilt, meaning it is evenly split among Democrats, Republicans, and non-party affiliates.
Since coming to Congress, Murphy has consistently been named one of the most bipartisan and most effective Members of Congress, quickly rising up in the ranks to secure coveted seats on the House Ways & Means Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. Most recently, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn selected Murphy to serve as one of his chief deputy whips in the 117th Congress. As someone whose family fled a Communist regime, Murphy has been an outspoken critic of those who casually toss around the term socialism, declaring in an April 2019 Washington Post op-ed that “I am a proud Democrat. I’m also a proud Capitalist” and stating “the best way to blunt the appeal of socialism in the United States is to improve capitalism so it works better for everyone.”