NEWS: Rep. Murphy Will Not Seek Re-Election to Fourth Term

WINTER PARK, FLA.—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy today announced in a video to her constituents that she will not seek re-election to a fourth term representing Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Murphy, the first Vietnamese-American woman to serve in Congress, said while she is not done with public service, she wants to spend more time with her family and find new ways to give back to her country.

“I strongly believe in a citizen Congress, where ordinary citizens run for office in search of duty and service, not in search of a career. And I never intended my time in Congress to become a career,” said Murphy in her announcement video. “These last few years have been some of the most rewarding moments of my life, but also some of the most challenging. Public service is not without personal sacrifice. And as a mom of two young children, my time away from them has been hard. So, I wanted to share with you that I will not be seeking another term as your representative in Congress. This was not an easy decision, but it was the right decision.”

Murphy, who shocked the nation by defeating 12-term Republican incumbent Rep. John Mica, was one of only six Democrats to unseat a Republican incumbent in 2016.  In just three short terms, Murphy has quickly established herself as an effective and bipartisan legislator, rising up in the ranks of the U.S. House. She currently serves in House leadership as a Chief Deputy Whip and serves on the influential Democratic Steering & Policy Committee. She made history as the first woman of color ever to lead the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition, and she is only the second leader in the coalition’s history to serve consecutive terms. She is also the first woman to lead Future Forum, an influential group representing the youngest members of the House Democratic caucus, and is one of only about 25 women in history to serve on the powerful House Ways & Means Committee. She also currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol, and on the Board of Visitors for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  

“I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together over these last five years,” said Murphy. “I am most proud that through it all – whether the Democrats were in charge or the Republicans, whether under President Trump or President Biden – I was consistently named one of the most bipartisan and effective Members of Congress. Because from day one, I have always put people over politics.”

Murphy leaves Congress with a considerable number of accomplishments for her constituents, having passed more than 55 measures into law. Her work in Congress includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Secured critical federal dollars for Florida’s schools. Murphy successfully secured millions to support Florida public schools and universities who took in new students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Maria. 
  • Secured Historic Investments in Florida’s Infrastructure. Murphy stood up to her own party to pass a historic bipartisan investment in our nation’s infrastructure, helping to ease traffic congestion, combat climate change, improve water quality, and create good-paying jobs. 
  • Helped Ensure a Local Hero was Properly Honored. Murphy worked with Republican Congressman Michael Waltz to pass legislation that led to President Biden posthumously awarding Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe the Medal of Honor – our nation’s highest honor for military service. She also passed a law naming an Oviedo post office in honor of this American hero.
  • Passed Several Measures to Support Servicemembers & Veterans. Murphy, who served two terms on the House Armed Services Committee, passed historic reforms to the Transition Assistance Program to help the nearly 250,000 service members who leave the military each year better transition to civilian life and provide for their families.  She passed a measure to help disabled military veterans transition to the civilian workforce and passed another measure to help veteran and women entrepreneurs start and grow their small businesses. Murphy also helped secure funds for UCF’s RESTORES Clinic to develop its own virtual reality software to treat active-duty servicemembers and military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Passed Historic Rules Changes to the House of Representatives. As a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, Murphy led the effort to pass historic changes to House rules designed to make it easier for bipartisan bills to get a vote. 
  • Delivered for Her Constituents. Murphy and her office held numerous public events and town halls every term – even holding virtual events during the COVID-19 pandemic – and helped thousands of constituents recover money they were owed by the federal government – more than $6.3 million to date.
  • Helped Improve Capitalism and Defend Democracy. Throughout her term, Murphy worked to protect and improve the two great pillars of our nation: capitalism and democracy. She passed measures to improve access to capital for small business owners and pushed back against attempts from some within her own party to advocate for socialism. At the same time, she cosponsored legislation to strengthen voting rights and strongly condemned far-right attempts to dismantle our democracy, proudly serving on the January 6th Select Committee to protect and preserve our great democracy.

Murphy added while she is leaving Congress, she will continue to find ways to be active in public service. She will also continue her work as Chair of the Florida Democratic Party’s Democracy and Voter Protection Program. 

“Several years ago, I departed public service by leaving the Pentagon and moving to Central Florida to start my family. I knew then I wasn’t done with public service, just as I know now I am not done with public service,” said Murphy. “I still have a job to do and will work just as hard this next year as I have the last five. And rest assured, after I leave office, I will continue to find ways that I can serve this great nation that has given so much to my family and me.”

TRANSCRIPT OF VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENT

Hi, I’m Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy. 

Over the last five years, it has been my incredible honor to represent Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in our nation’s capital. Working in the halls of Congress as an immigrant, a refugee, an Asian woman, and as a proud American has been the great privilege of my life. My journey – from fleeing a violent, communist regime, to being rescued by the U.S. Navy, to working in national security at the Pentagon, and now as the first Vietnamese-American Congresswoman – is a journey that could have only happened here in America. And for that, I will always be grateful to you and this nation.

But like any good journey, it is time for me to take another path. These last few years have been some of the most rewarding moments of my life, but also some of the most challenging. Public service is not without personal sacrifice, and as a mom of two young children, my time away from them has been hard. For them. For me. And for our family.

So, I wanted to share with you that I will not be seeking another term as your representative in Congress. This was not an easy decision, but it was the right decision. 

I know this may come as a shock to many of you, for someone to quote unquote “retire” at my age from Congress – without scandal, without immediately seeking higher office, without fear of losing re-election, or without some lucrative job opportunity. I recognize this is a very rare thing to do in Congress, but I still strongly believe in a citizen Congress, where ordinary citizens run for office in search of duty and service, not in search of a career. And I never intended my time in Congress to become a career.

I am, though, incredibly proud of what we accomplished together over these last five years. I am most proud that through it all – whether the Democrats were in charge or the Republicans, whether under President Trump or President Biden – I was consistently named one of the most bipartisan and effective Members of Congress. Because from day one, I have always put people over politics. 

At a time when our politics have become so divisive and dangerous, my greatest hope for my colleagues is that they do the same. To stop the name calling, saber rattling, and the disinformation and to listen to one another. Be ideological in the fight, but pragmatic in the end. 

And to you my constituents, thank you for the faith you have placed in me these last three terms. Serving in Congress is a symbiotic relationship. Representatives need citizens to stay engaged and citizens need their representatives to listen. The biggest danger to a democracy is a disengaged electorate. So my ask of you is to stay informed and make your voices heard. And treat each other and your elected officials with dignity and respect, even those with whom you disagree. It is our only hope to preserve this great American experiment. 

Finally, I want to thank my incredible staff who have served the people of Florida’s Seventh Congressional District with great pride and determination. Their personal sacrifices and professional commitment mean the world to me, and I’m just beyond proud how effective our office has been and continues to be.

Several years ago, I departed public service by leaving the Pentagon and moving to Central Florida to start my family. I knew then I wasn’t done with public service, just as I know now I am not done with public service. But my time in the U.S. House of Representatives has come to an end. 

Now I still have a job to do and will work just as hard this next year as I have the last five. And rest assured, after I leave office, I will continue to find ways that I can serve this great nation that has given so much to my family and me. 

Thank you again for everything. May God bless our troops, our veterans, and the United States of America. 

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First elected in 2016, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes portions of Orange County and all of Seminole County, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously, Stephanie was a businesswoman, college instructor, and national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. She is the first Vietnamese-American woman ever elected to Congress and the first woman to represent this congressional district. She lives in Winter Park with her husband, Sean, and her two young children.

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