NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Announces Senior Staff

Says Experienced Staff Will Serve Constituents Well

ORLANDO – Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park today announced three senior staff members who will help guide her Washington and district offices. Murphy has appointed Brad Howard as chief of staff; John Laufer as deputy chief of staff/legislative director; and Lauren Grabell Allen as district director. Murphy also announced she will have two district offices, one in Orange County and one in Seminole County.

“I am so proud to announce Brad, Lauren, and John as my senior staff who will help our Washington and district offices deliver exceptional constituent services and ensure the voices of central Floridians are being heard in our nation’s capital,” said Murphy. “Brad, Lauren, and John are incredibly experienced and have a passion for public service and a deep commitment to the future and progress of central Florida. They also share my bipartisan, results-driven approach to the job, and I look forward to working with them as we create more, higher-paying jobs; make our nation safer and more inclusive; and take care of our seniors and veterans.”

Brad Howard, Chief of Staff

Brad Howard will serve as chief of staff, where he will oversee operations in both the Washington and district offices to ensure constituents in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District are getting top-notch service and representation. For five years, he worked on Capitol Hill as communications director for a Member of Congress and then the fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition, which Congresswoman-Elect Murphy will join. He has also served in the U.S. Small Business Administration and as press secretary for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. He previously managed or served in senior leadership positions for five congressional, gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns across the country, most recently as campaign manager for Stephanie Murphy for Congress. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and a Master of Arts in Public Communication from American University in Washington, D.C.

Lauren Grabell Allen, District Director 

Lauren Grabell Allen will serve as district director, overseeing all operations and staff in the Orange and Seminole County offices and offering counsel as a senior policy advisor to the Congresswoman. Allen most recently served as the executive director for Support Our Scholars, a Winter Park-based nonprofit organization that financially and emotionally assists young women from underprivileged backgrounds with extraordinary academic potential. Allen previously worked as a government affairs specialist for Siemens Corporation in its Washington, D.C. office. Allen has also served in the district offices of two U.S. Senators and has worked on various political campaigns. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science, with a minor in Spanish, from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

John Laufer, Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director

John Laufer will serve as deputy chief of staff and legislative director, helping Congresswoman-Elect Murphy craft and execute her legislative agenda. Laufer previously clerked for a federal judge and worked as an associate in the litigation department at the New York City law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, before beginning work on Capitol Hill. For the last eight years, he served as legislative director for Congressman Pedro Pierluisi, who represented Puerto Rico in the U.S. House of Representatives. Laufer has a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass.; a law degree from Columbia Law School in New York City; and a master’s degree in international security from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.


Stephanie Murphy is the Congresswoman-Elect for Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida. Previously, Stephanie was a businesswoman and college instructor. She also served as a 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. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.

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