VIDEO: Murphy to Focus Efforts on Strengthening Florida Democrats

WINTER PARK, FLA. – U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy today announced she will focus on helping to strengthen the Florida Democratic Party ahead of the midterm elections instead of running for the U.S. Senate. Murphy added that she will continue fighting in Congress for Florida families and for progress that moves this nation forward.

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“Since February, I have been traveling the State of Florida listening to my fellow Democrats about how we can regroup and re-energize our state party ahead of the 2022 elections.

We’ve had too many close losses in Florida, and so I wanted to use my experience from winning tough races to help the party prepare itself. 

At the same time, I have been seriously considering a run for the U.S. Senate in either 2022 or 2024. I am deeply disappointed by our current representation. I think both Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott repeatedly put their own interests above the interests of the people of Florida. 

And I’m grateful to all the Floridians who have reached out to me over the last few months encouraging me to run against Marco Rubio. 

I wouldn’t be considering a run if I didn’t think I’d be a strong nominee. I have won every single race I’ve run, including a primary and tough generals in one of the toughest seats in the country. 

And the reality is that Marco Rubio will not be an easy opponent especially if it’s on the heels of a bruising primary where Democrats spend millions attacking each other instead of using those millions to build the infrastructure we desperately need to win. 

So I have decided instead of running for the U.S. Senate, I will devote my energy to helping make our party stronger. 

While I will not be running statewide in 2022, I will work to help the Democratic Party build towards statewide success.  We must start now with unity of effort if we want the state to be ready to put the White House, a Senate seat, and more state and local races in the democratic column in 2024.  

I’m an incredibly proud and patriotic American. My family fled tyranny and thanks to the power and generosity of America, I’m the first woman in my family to go to college and the first Vietnamese American woman in Congress. And I think the opportunities that allowed my family and me to work hard and get

 ahead are slipping away from too many Americans. 

So I’m not going anywhere. We have so much work that remains undone. I’ll be working in Congress to fight for Florida and working with the White House to get us through this pandemic and help build our economy back better than before. 

I’m excited about the work ahead, and I’m looking forward to it because I will never stop fighting for Floridians and for progress that moves this nation forward.”

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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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