Current Position: US Representative for FL District 7 since 2017
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Florida Politics, – September 15, 2021 (Short)
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, one of the most influential moderate Democrats in the House, announced Wednesday she cannot support President Joe Biden‘s cornerstone $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act as it is now written.
Murphy, of Winter Park, said in a news release issued late Wednesday that she liked much of the bill, including the “historic provisions to combat the existential threat of climate change.”
But, she added, “there are spending and tax provisions that give me pause.” She did not offer specifics in the news release.
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U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy proudly represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida. She currently serves on the influential House Ways and Means Committee, where she is a member of the Subcommittee on Trade and the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support.
Previously, Congresswoman Murphy was a businesswoman and college instructor after serving as a national security specialist in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. She worked on a wide range of security issues from counterterrorism to foreign military relations to strategic planning for the department. Prior to her public service, Stephanie was a strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting.
Congresswoman Murphy holds a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary. She lives in Winter Park, Florida, with her husband and two young children.
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2014 to 2016
Birth Year: 1978
Place of Birth: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Spouse: Sean Murphy
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Stephanie Murphy (born Đặng Thị Ngọc Dung; September 16, 1978) is a Vietnamese-born American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Florida’s 7th congressional district since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, she defeated incumbent Republican John Mica in 2016. The district includes much of downtown and northern Orlando, as well as all of Winter Park, Maitland, Sanford, and Altamonte Springs.
Murphy was born in 1978 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, before leaving the country with her family in 1979. After growing up in Northern Virginia, Murphy attended the College of William & Mary and Georgetown University. Before becoming a member of Congress, she worked as a national security specialist at the United States Department of Defense, an executive at Sungate Capital, and a business professor at Rollins College.
Murphy is the first Vietnamese-American woman, first Vietnamese-American Democrat, and the second Vietnamese-American overall (after Republican South Vietnam-born Joseph Cao of Louisiana) to be elected to Congress.
On December 20, 2021, Murphy announced that she will not run for reelection to a fourth term in 2022.
Early life and education
Stephanie Murphy was born Đặng Thị Ngọc Dung on September 16, 1978, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Her family fled Communist-controlled Vietnam in 1979 when she was six months old. Their boat ran out of fuel and they were rescued by the United States Navy at sea. They settled in Northern Virginia, where she grew up.
With the help of Pell Grants and student loans, Murphy attended the College of William & Mary, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. She then went to Georgetown University, from which she received a Master of Science degree in foreign service.
After the September 11 attacks, Murphy went to work for the United States Department of Defense as a national security specialist. For her service, she received the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award. She worked as an executive on investment efforts and government affairs initiatives at Sungate Capital in Winter Park, Florida, and as a business professor at Rollins College.
In 2013, the company 3N2 employed Murphy to lead a design team for new women’s softball pants; she is listed in patent records as an inventor of “NuFit Knickers”. In 2018 Murphy came under criticism after it was revealed that her husband’s company has the pants and other sports gear made in China.
U.S. House of Representatives
Murphy declared her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives for Florida’s 7th congressional district in the 2016 elections. She ran against 12-term incumbent Republican John Mica in the November 8 general election. She was endorsed by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and former congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Murphy defeated Mica with 51% of the vote. She is the second Vietnamese-American, after Joseph Cao, to be elected to the United States Congress, and the first Vietnamese-American woman to do so.
Murphy ran in a district that was somewhat bluer than its predecessor after a court-ordered mid-decade redistricting. The old 7th had been a marginal district, even though Mica had won it twice without serious difficulty (he represented a more Republican St. Augustine/Daytona Beach/Orlando district from 1993 to 2013). Mitt Romney won it over Barack Obama in 2012, with 51% of the vote. In contrast, had the redrawn 7th existed in 2012, Obama would have won it with 49.4%.
After meeting with President Trump in September 2017, Murphy said that she and fellow Democrats could work with him.
According to political commentators, Murphy faced the challenge of representing an evenly divided district. “Of the three freshman Democrats from Central Florida, which include U.S. Reps. Val Demings, D-Orlando, and Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, Murphy faces the toughest race for re-election,” the Orlando Sentinel wrote on January 2, 2018. “I think she has one of the toughest districts in the country,” said Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida. “It’s very difficult to please everybody in a swing district, and that’s why it’s so challenging.”
Murphy was reelected with 55.34% of the vote, defeating Republican Leo Valentín.
Murphy was sworn into office on January 3, 2017. She has urged the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate various bomb threats against Jewish facilities. She joined the Blue Dog Coalition in the 115th U.S. Congress, and in December 2018 was named one of three co-chairs, handling administration, for the 116th U.S. Congress.
In March 2019, Murphy endorsed Beto O’Rourke in the 2020 Democratic party presidential primaries. After O’Rourke withdrew from the race, Murphy endorsed Michael Bloomberg in January 2020, becoming his campaign’s national co-chair. After Bloomberg withdrew in March 2020, Murphy endorsed Joe Biden.
On December 20, 2021, Murphy announced on Twitter that she would not seek reelection to a fourth term, writing, “I’ve decided not to seek another term in Congress. Serving Central Florida has been the honor of my life, but it’s also been incredibly challenging for my family and me.” While the Republican state legislature is redrawing all of Florida’s congressional districts and could potentially make her seat more friendly toward Republicans, the final maps may not be approved until shortly before the state legislature adjourns in mid-March 2022.
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- Select Committee on the January 6 Attack
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- New Democrat Coalition
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- Climate Solutions Caucus
- LGBT Equality Caucus
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
- Future Forum (elected chair on December 6, 2018)
Economy and COVID-19 relief
Murphy is a self-identified capitalist. She supports a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. constitution, which would prohibit the government from spending more than it takes in on a given year. She views growing federal budget deficits as “major threats to the economy, the future health of America, and national security.”
In an April 2020 conference call with business executives and lobbyists, Murphy expressed support for a lobbyist-led effort to reverse a ban in the original CARES Act that blocked business advocacy and lobbying groups from participating in the taxpayer-funded Paycheck Protection Program. The effort included a request to be eligible for an additional $25 billion in government funds for canceled events and other lost revenue from the pandemic.
Murphy was part of an effort by some Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill to use the coronavirus outbreak to press Trump to remove tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods and imported steel and aluminum. After the administration rejected the requests, she and Representative Joe Cunningham sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter requesting that she include a suspension of the tariffs in the COVID-19 relief package and mandate that the government refund to businesses the tariffs already paid on imported Chinese goods and imported steel and aluminum.
Murphy introduced a bill to make it easier for small business owners to obtain low-interest loans. It passed the House. She also co-sponsored a law, passed and signed by Trump, that ensures that small businesses will receive a share of federal government contracts.
Murphy supports comprehensive immigration reform to fix what she characterizes as a broken system with one that is “consistent with American values.” She supports a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants and reforms to the visa system to focus on economic development. To demonstrate her support for immigration reform, she posted online a picture of herself wearing an “I Am An Immigrant” t-shirt along with the message, “#IAmAnImmigrant and proud of it. Our nation’s diversity is its strength. Opportunity and freedom keep the American dream alive.”
Murphy was one of 24 House Democrats to vote for Kate’s Law, which proposes to increase the penalties for those who have been deported or removed from the U.S. and are apprehended reentering the country.
Murphy opposed Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban entry into the U.S. by citizens of six Muslim-majority countries, North Korea and Venezuela. “I strongly oppose the President’s executive orders on refugees, which violate fundamental American values and undermine our national security,” she said. “We must work in a bipartisan manner to strengthen our refugee policy in a way that keeps us secure AND upholds our values.”
Murphy decided to run for office when incumbent Republican John Mica accepted a campaign contribution from the NRA two days after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. (The 7th congressional district includes much of Orlando). She won office with the support of gun-control groups, such as Americans for Responsible Solutions and the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, which formed after the Pulse shooting. Murphy supports universal background checks, as well as prohibiting those on the No Fly List from purchasing firearms. She has said, “We should protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners, but we should also protect our communities by passing commonsense gun laws.”
In 2017, Murphy introduced into the House the “Gun Violence Research Act”, which was designed to repeal the 1996 Dickey Amendment, a federal ban on the use of federal funds to fund gun-violence research. She said the ban on gun-violence research was “un-American to its core.” After the 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, several Republican Congress members indicated that they supported the Gun Violence Research Act, and Murphy ultimately spoke to Vice President Mike Pence, which she credits with helping the bill pass as an amendment to a budget bill that year. The first grants for studies were issued in October 2020. In March 2018, Murphy said that gun control might be approaching “a tipping point” because young people “had to grow up where they don’t know anything but school mass shootings. They’re sick and tired of it, and they’re activating.”
Impeachments of Donald Trump
On December 18, 2019, Murphy voted for both articles of impeachment against Trump.
Murphy co-sponsored the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a sweeping civil rights and police reform bill that would limit legal protections for police from individual lawsuits, ban chokeholds, create a national registry of police misconduct, and grant the Department of Justice more power to investigate local police departments for potential misconduct, among a number of other provisions.
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|Stephanie Murphy (D)||183,113||57.7%|
|Mike Miller (R)||134,285||42.3%|
MURPHY, STEPHANIE has run in 3 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $5,994,727.
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“Americans have lost faith in Congress and in their leaders’ abilities to get things done because the system is broken. I’m fighting every day to hold Members of Congress accountable, to roll back congressional perks, and to force them to do their jobs or don’t get paid.” – Stephanie Murphy
- Stephanie introduced legislation that would enact a lifetime ban on former Members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, flying first class, or getting automatic pay increases.
- Stephanie supports “No Budget, No Pay,” which requires Members of Congress to pass a budget on time or they don’t get paid.
- Stephanie introduced a reasonable balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution to force Congress to get its fiscal house in order.
- Stephanie, endorsed by End Citizens United, is fighting to pass campaign finance reform and supports overturning the Citizens United decision to get dark money out of politics.
Stephanie believes fixing Washington starts with Congress, which is why last Congress she introduced in the FAITH in Congress Act to hold Members of Congress accountable and restore Americans’ faith in their government.
Murphy’s bill would enact a lifetime ban on former Members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, it would prohibit Members of Congress from flying first class on taxpayers’ dime, it would stop automatic pay increases for Members of Congress, require Congress to prioritize bipartisan bills, and would require Congress to pass an actual budget every year or they don’t get paid.
It is past time to get control of our deficit spending and for Congress to resume regular order. Last-minute, self-inflicted budget crises and debt ceiling battles destabilize our markets and make it impossible for businesses and federal agencies to plan for the future. That’s why Stephanie supports “No Budget, No Pay” – a bill that simply says if Congress doesn’t do their job and pass a budget and all appropriations bills on time, they don’t get paid until they do.
Passing a budget on time – and then holding spending to that budget – is the only way we’re going to stop runaway deficit spending and start balancing the budget. If that doesn’t work, Stephanie also supports a reasonable balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Her proposal would protect Social Security and Medicare, while also suspending the requirement in times of war, natural disaster, or economic downturn.
By forcing Members of Congress to do their jobs, we will bring certainty to our country and to the markets, and the American people won’t be subjected to manufactured budgeting crises or pointless government shutdowns.
Stephanie also believes there is too much money in politics, which is why she cosponsored and helped pass in the House pass major reform measures, most notably H.R. 1 – a sweeping anti-corruption and campaign finance reform bill that strengthens democracy, returns political power to the people, and forces Congress to actually listen to the American people – not the lobbyists lining their own pockets.
Stephanie is proudly endorsed by End Citizens United and supports a constitutional amendment to overturn the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which opened the floodgates of dark, special interest money that is damaging our political process and preventing Congress from actually getting results for American families. She is also a strong advocate for more accountability and transparency in our political process and will fight to take the reins of government back from the special interests.
“While we’re making progress in central Florida, too many families are struggling with stagnant wages and a rising cost of living. I’m fighting every day to strengthen the middle class because it’s about time working families had an ally in Washington.” – Stephanie Murphy
We need an economy that works for all of us. At the center of our economy should be a robust middle class – where all children grow up in safe, state-of-the-art schools; where college is affordable and workers are paid a livable wage; where every family has access to quality, affordable health care; and where seniors are guaranteed their benefits after a lifetime of hard work.
Here are seven key ways Stephanie is helping to create more good-paying jobs for central Florida and grow our middle class:
- BETTER EDUCATION: We must invest more in early childhood and pre-k education and encourage a stronger emphasis in our public schools on STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math). We should support our technical schools with more resources for job training and retraining programs. And, we should make college more affordable, with more Pell Grant funding, lower student loan interest rates, and the ability to renegotiate your loan when interest rates fall.
- SMARTER TRADE DEALS: Our global economy is more interconnected than it has ever been, but it’s also more competitive. That’s why it’s critical we adopt fairer and smarter trade deals that protect the American worker, support our small businesses and strengthen our middle class. Stephanie supports smart trade deals that raise American wages and help our businesses export more of their goods and products to other countries.
- FEWER REGULATIONS: As someone who has worked in the private sector and as someone who counseled small businesses and startups, Stephanie knows firsthand how frustrating and harmful bad or senseless regulations can be. That’s why she supports efforts to review rules and regulations to modify or roll back those that are out-of-date, unnecessary, duplicative or overly-burdensome to entrepreneurs and small businesses. She also strongly supports the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, which is the small business watchdog throughout the federal regulatory process.
- STRONGER INFRASTRUCTURE: We need a strong, robust infrastructure in order to ensure our economy keeps moving, including historic investments in alternative and renewable “green energy” that creates 21st century jobs, reduces our dependence on foreign oil and helps protect our environment. We must also increase investments in local infrastructure, such as water systems, to keep companies here in Florida. Finally, we need more investments in modern technology infrastructure, such as broadband, so that more budding entrepreneurs can compete in the global marketplace – and so more consumers can buy their products.
- FAIRER TAXES: Stephanie supports lower taxes for working families and small businesses, but she voted against the Republican tax scheme that disproportionately gave tax cuts to the super-wealthy and multinational corporations at the expense of the middle class and seniors. This tax scheme skyrocketed our deficit and now Republicans are using the rising national debt as an excuse to go after cuts to Social Security and Medicare, which is exactly why Stephanie voted against the plan in the first place.
- PUTTING FAMILIES FIRST: It’s time we put families first and treat women equally in the workplace, which is why Stephanie helped introduce and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. Stephanie also supports legislation to protect the rights of employees to collectively bargain and led the fight in the House to raise the minimum wage to a livable wage because if you work 40 hours a week, you shouldn’t be living in poverty. Finally, Stephanie believes Congress should pass paid family and medical leave because no American should ever be forced to choose between taking care of a sick relative and their job.
- HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES: We must do more to support budding entrepreneurs and our small businesses because they are the backbone of our economy and employ nearly half of all Floridians. First, we should ensure the Small Business Administration has the resources to support small businesses and entrepreneurs through loans, advocacy and guidance. We should streamline the regulatory process and make it easier to start and grow a small business. Finally, we must also do more to encourage and support women and minority-owned small businesses, which is why Stephanie enacted legislation to fund more Women Business Centers across the U.S.
“Education transformed my life and opened doors for me I never thought possible. Now, I want my two young children – and all children – to get the education they need to achieve their dreams, just like I did as a young girl whose parents brought her to this country with nothing more than high hopes, a strong work ethic, and a belief in the American dream.” – Stephanie Murphy
- Stephanie is a strong supporter of early childhood education, standing up to President Trump’s cuts to Head Start and announcing millions in early childhood education funding for central Florida.
- Stephanie is aggressively working to lower student loan interest rates, increasing Pell Grant funding and making student loans more flexible, including the ability to renegotiate your loan when interest rates fall.
- When Florida took in new students from Puerto Rico and USVI after Hurricane Maria, Stephanie secured over $100 million for Florida to help school districts absorb the costs of the new students.
As someone whose family immigrated to this country when she was young, public education was the reason Stephanie was able to succeed. Her parents worked blue collar jobs during the day and cleaned office buildings at night so that their children could have a better life. As a result, Stephanie and her brother are the first generation in their family to graduate from college, which they paid through scholarships, Pell Grants and student loans.
Now, as a mother of two young children, Stephanie is very passionate about ensuring every child has access to a quality education in safe, thriving, state-of-the-art schools with smaller class sizes, better summer and after-school programs, and more technology in the classroom. And, she will push for more programs that help schools combat bullying.
Stephanie is a strong proponent of early childhood education and is working across the aisle to ensure every child in America has a strong start and more opportunities. Studies show that investments in early childhood education save communities money in the long term, reducing homelessness, hunger, poverty and crime. Stephanie is fighting for more investments in early childhood education, including standing up to President Trump’s cuts to Head Start and pre-kindergarten and announcing millions in early childhood funding for central Florida.
Stephanie will also continue to push for a greater emphasis on STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) and more public-private partnerships to ease the transition from school to college to the workplace, including more support for career and technical schools.
You can’t have good schools without good teachers, which is why Stephanie supports giving teachers the tools, training and resources they need to adapt to a rapidly-changing global economy. She is also pushing for commonsense reforms that free educators from teaching to tests and encourage more innovative approaches to learning.
Finally, college debt is way too high and it is crushing the futures of too many young people. Stephanie is aggressively working to lower student loan interest rates, increasing Pell Grant funding and making student loans more flexible, including the ability to renegotiate your loan when interest rates fall.
When Florida did the right thing and welcomed students from Puerto Rico who were fleeing Hurricane Maria, central Florida public schools took on thousands of new students, which put a strain on their financial resources. So, Stephanie got to work and secured over $100 million in emergency funding for schools, colleges, and universities in Florida that took on new students from Puerto Rico to ensure both current and new students got a quality education in Florida.
“By protecting Florida’s natural resources, we not only preserve our beautiful state for generations to come, but we also protect our economic way of life and the jobs that come with it.” – Stephanie Murphy
- Stephanie is a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, which is building bipartisan support to address climate change.
- Stephanie voted to block President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.
- Stephanie secured critical funding to address harmful algae blooms in Florida.
Stephanie is a strong advocate for our environment, for clean air and water, and for smart investments in green energy that both reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and make energy more affordable for Florida families. She is recognized as a leader in protecting our environment, previously earning the support of the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters – both of whom gave Stephanie high marks during her first term in Congress.
Stephanie is also a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus, a group of Democrats and Republicans working together to address climate change and pass legislation that protects our environment. Stephanie strongly opposes the President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and she has introduced legislation that would return America to that critical global alliance.
Stephanie is fighting to protect our coastal economies in Florida, which rely on clean oceans, attractive beaches and healthy fisheries. As an avid angler herself, Stephanie wants to ensure her children will always be able to enjoy the same beautiful lakes and coastal waters that other Florida families have enjoyed for generations.
Stephanie strongly opposes additional oil or gas drilling off our coasts and opposes fracking in Florida. In order to reduce fossil fuel consumption across our nation, Stephanie is pushing for a 21st century transportation bill that increases investments in more transportation choices, such as public transit, rail, biking and pedestrian access.
Stephanie is leading the fight to address harmful algae blooms (HABs) in Florida, securing $1 million for NOAA to study the economic impacts of HABs so that policymakers in Florida and Washington recognize the cost of inaction.
Stephanie is also working to increase investments in alternative and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. These investments not only reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but they also help create 21st century “green collar” jobs right here in Florida. That’s why Stephanie is building support in Congress to permanently extend the wind production tax credit and the solar investment tax credit in a fiscally responsible way.
“Health care is an individual human right of every American, not a special privilege reserved for the select few.” – Stephanie Murphy
- Stephanie is working to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care.
- Stephanie believes we should preserve what works in the Affordable Care Act and fix what needs improvement.
- Stephanie has introduced a bipartisan plan that will lower premiums for working families and small businesses.
- Stephanie will protect Medicare from privatization and voted to allow Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices.
Health care costs continue to be one of the biggest burdens on families and seniors in central Florida, which is why one of Stephanie’s top priorities is to help bring down the costs of health care for families, seniors and businesses.
And, at a time when women’s health care is under attack in Washington, Stephanie is working to protect access to women’s health care and protect women’s rights to make their own private health care decisions free from government intrusion.
For too long, partisan politics have crippled our ability to have meaningful, substantive discussions on health care reform in this country.
While the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect and should be reformed, it has helped countless families. It has allowed people with pre-existing conditions to find affordable health care and young people to stay on their parents’ plan until they are 26. It’s reduced the costs of health services for women, prohibited health insurance companies from canceling your coverage when you get sick, ended lifetime benefits caps for people with major illnesses, and extended maternity coverage for women.
Stephanie strongly opposed Republican attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and President Trump’s attempts to undermine the law, all of which has led to increased premiums for Americans.
Stephanie is working with Democrats and Republicans to improve the law and to continue to find ways to decrease costs and increase access to health care across our country. As a leader in the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, Stephanie worked with her colleagues to develop a plan that would:
- Keep insurance premiums affordable;
- Cover chronic conditions;
- Unburden small businesses;
- Repeal the medical device tax; and,
- Make it easier for states to innovate.
Finally, Stephanie is fighting tooth-and-nail to protect Medicare for our seniors, standing up against Republican attempts to privatize the program, raise the eligibility age, or to cut benefits, and she has voted to allow Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices.
“My life story is one that can only happen here in America, which is why I’m so proud to be an American and want to continue giving back to the country that gave me so many opportunities.” – Stephanie Murphy
- Stephanie believes we must keep our nation safe, while also holding true to American values.
- Stephanie strongly opposes the President’s border wall, his Muslim ban, and his family separation policy.
- Stephanie is an original cosponsor of the DREAM Act and voted to pass the bill in the House.
- Stephanie believes we must pass comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders and ports, creates a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants, and reforms our VISA program.
When Stephanie was six months old, her parents fled Communist Vietnam in search of a better life for their children. After being rescued at sea by the U.S. Navy, they came to America where her parents worked multiple jobs around the clock to send her brother and her to college – the first in their family to do so.
When our country was attacked on September 11, 2001, Stephanie left the private sector and eventually joined the Department of Defense as a national security specialist helping to plan counterterrorism and disaster relief efforts globally. She wanted to help protect the country that rescued her family at sea so many years ago.
Today, Stephanie continues to give back and serve her community and country as a Member of Congress fighting for the values, ideals and opportunities that drew her family to this country.
Our immigration system is completely broken, which is why Stephanie supports bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.
As a former national security specialist, Stephanie understands the need to secure our borders and ports and deport those who pose a threat to public safety. She opposes President Trump’s border wall and his unconstitutional Muslim ban. She strongly opposes separating families at the border and has helped pass legislation to stop this inhumane practice once and for all
She believes we should treat all freedom-loving families who come to this country with respect and establish a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants already in the country who meet certain requirements.
Stephanie is an original cosponsor of the DREAM Act, and she voted to pass in the House this important bill. However, Senator Mitch McConnell refuses to bring this bill to a vote in the Senate, which would almost assuredly pass. Stephanie believes strongly these aspiring Americans did nothing wrong and that this is the only country they have ever known, therefore we must enact the DREAM Act as soon as possible so they may stay home.
Stephanie is also working to streamline the visa and naturalization process and reform our immigration system in a way that helps keep families together, encourages economic development here at home, and continues to ensure America’s role as an economic superpower.
“Israel is one of America’s most treasured allies, and our relationship is vital to our common security interests. I will keep working to strengthen that bond in Congress.” – Stephanie Murphy
- Stephanie believes the U.S. and Israel have an unshakable bond grounded in shared democratic and liberal values and common security interests.
- Stephanie wrote a measure that is now law that allows additional funds outside the current $500 million a year to go to Israel to defend itself against missile attacks.
- Stephanie firmly supports a two-state solution with a strong, secure state of Israel alongside a future Palestinian state.
As a former national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Stephanie understands how we can both expand the military partnership that keeps our countries safer while deepening the less visible foundations of a relationship based on a common worldview through regular high-level engagements and strategic planning. As a Member of Congress, Stephanie maintains an open-door policy with community leaders as she engages on these critical issues.
Stephanie is working in Congress to preserve Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME) by ensuring that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have the tools they need to deter and defend Israel against the full spectrum of traditional and unconventional threats. Israel, like all countries, has the right to self-defense and must remain prepared to defend itself by itself. In fact, provisions of a bill Murphy introduced, Deterring and Defeating Rocket and Missile Threats to Israel Act, became law and now allows additional funds outside the current $500 million a year to go to Israel to defend itself against missile attacks. She will continue to promote continued support for Israeli missile defense while exploring opportunities to expand security cooperation in other complex domains like counter-tunneling and cyberspace. In addition to defending Israel on the battlefield, she opposes and has called out anti-Israeli bias and double standards in the United Nations and other international institutions.
The United States and Israel have long shared a vision and strategic interest of an Israel at peace with her neighbors, enjoying the secure, recognized, and permanent borders that only peace can bring. Indeed, as countless members of Israel’s national security establishment have acknowledged, failing to reach a deal constitutes an existential threat to Israeli security.
Israel’s long term security and its Jewish and democratic identity are best guaranteed through a two-state solution with the Palestinians. Stephanie firmly supports a two-state solution with a strong, secure state of Israel alongside a future Palestinian state. U.S. leadership is indispensable to any viable agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. A solution, however, cannot be imposed from the outside, and Stephanie opposes unilateral efforts to circumvent negotiations between the two parties through the United Nations.
Foreign aid to Israel is a strategic investment that promotes American interests in the Middle East and facilitates vital cooperation between our two countries. In Congress, Stephanie supports robust aid to Israel in order to preserve Israel’s QME. Though we face a difficult budgetary environment, our support to Israel serves critical U.S. interests by demonstrating our steadfast support to a vital ally, helping Israel improve its defenses in a rapidly changing threat environment, and developing foreign markets while creating jobs at home. Stephanie is encouraged by the constructive cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian security officials in the West Bank. Stephanie will support continued U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority in order to preserve the state-building and security efforts in the West Bank that serve the interests of all parties involved, including, according to the Israel’s security services, by helping to counter terror.
Seniors & Veterans
“I believe every Floridian should have the opportunity to retire with dignity and enjoy a quality of life that reflects the appreciation we, as a society, have for their lifetime of hard work. And, as someone who worked alongside our servicemembers at the Department of Defense, I will never back down from supporting our servicemembers, our veterans, and their families.” – Stephanie Murphy
- Stephanie opposes any attempts to privatize Social Security or Medicare, and she is fighting against Republican efforts to do so.
- Stephanie voted for largest overhaul of prescription drug pricing in decades, which, if enacted, would lower the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower prices and by holding prescription drug companies accountable.
- Stephanie voted to hold VA officials accountable and ensure department heads have the ability to fire employees for failing to perform.
- The core components of Stephanie’s BATTLE for Servicemembers Act are now law, improving the transition from military to civilian life with training that helps departing servicemembers get an education, learn a skill or trade, or start a small business.
As Baby Boomers begin to retire, we are seeing a rapidly growing senior population in Florida and America. Stephanie believes it is our responsibility as a society to protect and empower seniors and veterans and show them the respect they have earned. In particular, she is working to ensure seniors and veterans feel welcomed and appreciated here in Florida.
Stephanie is working to empower seniors to live longer, healthier and more independent lives, starting with protecting Social Security and Medicare. She strongly opposes efforts to privatize Social Security or any similar measures that would gamble seniors’ hard-earned benefits on Wall Street. She also opposes any attempts to cut benefits, raise the retirement age, or pull money out of Social Security to pay for other government programs. While the author of a responsible balanced budget amendment, Stephanie voted against a Republican amendment because it did not have protections for Social Security and Medicare.
Stephanie is also pushing to recalculate the formula that determines cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security retirees because as inflation and prices go up, so should the COLA. And, Stephanie believes that if Social Security beneficiaries don’t get a raise, then neither should Members of Congress.
Stephanie opposes efforts to turn Medicare into a voucher system, which would do nothing but shift the burden of health care from the government on to the backs of seniors. Our seniors deserve better than that. At the same time, Stephanie is fighting to lower the cost of prescription drugs by voting to allow Medicare to negotiate for lower prices and hold prescription drug companies accountable. She is also working to expand home health care opportunities so that seniors have more choices in how they retire.
Stephanie will also continue to support efforts that combat age discrimination in hiring and employment and will bring federal and state officials together to protect seniors from online scams and predatory practices. Stephanie will never back down from going after these predators.
As someone who worked alongside our service members in the U.S. Department of Defense, Stephanie is a strong and tireless advocate for our nation’s service members and veterans. In her role as a national security specialist, Stephanie saw the sacrifice our service members make every day and believes firmly we should have their backs when they come home from the battlefield.
First and foremost, Stephanie is fighting to fix the broken Department of Veterans Affairs because our veterans deserve better than long lines and endless red tape. She has voted to hold VA officials accountable and ensure department heads have the ability to fire employees for failing to perform. She also fought to allow Members of Congress to have mobile offices in VA medical centers so that our veterans have constituent advocates on site to make access to services more convenient.
When our troops come home, we must do everything we can to ease their transition back into civilian life. That means expanding education and job training opportunities for all veterans and stop attempts to cut the Post 9/11 GI Bill that is helping so many veterans and their families go to college. In fact, the core components of Stephanie’s BATTLE for Servicemembers Act are now law, improving the transition from military to civilian life with training that helps departing servicemembers get an education, learn a skill or trade, or start a small business.
Stephanie is fighting for better and more accessible health care for all veterans, including for drug addiction and mental health issues. Far too many veterans are dying by suicide, and it is past time to increase resources to expand mental health treatment.
Women & Families
“When we empower women, we empower families. When we empower families, we empower America. When we empower America, our potential is limitless.” – Stephanie Murphy
- Stephanie helped introduce the bipartisan Paycheck Fairness Act to help ensure equal pay for equal work.
- Stephanie passed legislation that increases funding for Women’s Business Centers to help more women start and grow their own business.
- Stephanie supports paid family and medical leave and legislation to prohibit discrimination of LGBTQ Americans.
- Stephanie strongly supports women’s reproductive rights and has consistently stood up to efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
As a wife and mom, Stephanie believes in the importance of family and of creating a better future for our children and grandchildren. She knows that families are stronger when children go to good schools, parents have well-paying jobs, and seniors have quality health care. If we are truly going to restore this nation’s middle class, then we must start by strengthening families.
It’s time to put families first again, and that starts by ensuring both men and women earn equal pay for equal work. Women who work full time and year-round earn, on average, just 79 cents for every dollar men earn – a yearly pay gap of about $10,762, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families. That means women and families in America, in total, are losing nearly $500 billion every year – including the more than 15.2 million households headed by women. That’s money that would increase income for working families and pump more money into our economy.
To combat this inequity, Stephanie helped introduce the bipartisan Paycheck Fairness Act in Congress, which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act and establish stronger workplace protections for women. Stephanie also helped introduce and pass in the House a bill to raise the minimum wage to a livable wage as women make up two-thirds of minimum wage workers.
Stephanie believes our nation must do more to support women and minority-owned businesses and help combat systemic barriers in our society that often prevent many of these businesses from succeeding. That’s why Stephanie passed legislation that increases funding for Women’s Business Centers, helping more women start and grow their own small businesses.
Stephanie is also working to pass paid family and medical leave because no American should be forced to choose between being there for a child or family member and quitting their job. Stephanie also supports measures that make childcare more affordable for more families, along with increased access to early childhood education like Head Start and pre-kindergarten.
At a time when women’s health care is under attack in Washington, Stephanie is strongly defending the rights of women to make their own health care and family planning decisions free from government intrusion, and she has consistently stood up to attempts to defund Planned Parenthood.
Stephanie has also stood up for all families, fighting to strengthen LGBTQ rights by helping introduce and pass in the House the Equality Act. The Equality Act is a bipartisan proposal that would prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. It would also prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federal funding and access to public places. The bill still awaits a vote in Mitch McConnell’s Senate.