NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Releases New Ad Highlighting Need for Change in Congress

ORLANDO – Former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy released her third television ad today, highlighting the need to bring change to Congress. Murphy’s new ad calls for a different approach on Capitol Hill, such as calling on Congress to pass “no budget, no pay” legislation, stop the partisan attacks on women’s health care, and put our families first by passing commonsense legislation to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.

Click here to view the new television ad.

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“If we want to change Washington, we must change the people we send to Washington,” said Murphy. “For too long, partisan gridlock has prevented Congress from working for the American people, and Congressman Mica has become part of the problem over his 30 years in D.C. We deserve leaders who will stand up for our families and keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, protect women’s access to health care, and pass a budget on time. Congress needs more people who will fight for American families. It’s time for a new approach.”


NEWS: Barack Obama Endorses Stephanie Murphy for Congress

ORLANDO – Today, candidate for Congress Stephanie Murphy announced that she has received the endorsement of Barack Obama.

“I’m proud to endorse former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy for the United States House of Representatives,” said Barack Obama.

Continued Obama, “In Congress, I know Stephanie Murphy will put Central Florida families first, and fight to build on all of the progress we’ve made over the last eight years to create a stronger, safer, fairer country for our children. In the wake of the Pulse tragedy, I have been struck by the resilience of the greater Orlando community and how they have come together to reject hate and fear, and to fight to end the cycle of senseless gun violence in our country. Stephanie Murphy embodies those values and will work with both parties toward the commonsense gun safety reform we need, and will be a champion for Central Florida’s working families in Congress.”

“I am incredibly honored to be endorsed by Barack Obama, and I am so grateful for the steady hand in which he has guided our nation throughout his two terms in office,” said Stephanie Murphy. “Eight years ago our country was on the brink of economic disaster, and thanks to Obama, we have made incredible progress. But there is more work to be done. We must work in a bipartisan manner to strengthen our middle class, raise wages for American families, pass commonsense gun safety reform, and usher in a new prosperity for all Americans. I thank Barack Obama for his support of my campaign, and I look forward to working together with both parties to bring change, security, and equality to our nation.”

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.


NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Responds to FEC Violation By Congressman John Mica

ORLANDO – Former national security specialist and Democratic nominee for Congress Stephanie Murphy released the following statement today after it was revealed that Congressman John Mica violated federal law with his recent television ad. According to, Congressman John Mica was “was hit with a formal complaint to the Federal Elections Commission Friday alleging he and his campaign violated federal law by failing to present proper campaign disclosures in a TV commercial airing in Florida’s 7th Congressional District race.”

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“Congressman Mica’s failure to comply with the basic rules of the Federal Election Commission in his attack ad is deeply troubling. I find it disturbing that instead of focusing on the issues most important to the people of central Florida, Congressman Mica has violated federal law in his attempt to launch outlandish and false attacks against me. I call on Mica to pull his illegal attack ad, and I look forward to a thorough investigation of Congressman Mica’s failure to comply with the Federal Election Commission.”

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.


“John Mica hit with FEC complaint about TV commercial disclosure” [Florida Politics, 10/21/16]


NEWS: Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer Joins Stephanie Murphy for Tour of Local Business Incubator

ORLANDO – Yesterday, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) joined Stephanie Murphy for a tour of local business incubator Canvs. Established in April 2015, Canvs is home to 100 companies, dozens of start-ups, and the Orlando Tech Association.

“I was pleased to join Stephanie for a tour of Canvs, an organization working to promote innovation and job growth here in central Florida,” said Whip Hoyer. “Recently House Democrats relaunched the ‘Make It In America’ jobs plan to encourage entrepreneurs to create jobs here at home. As a businesswoman herself, Stephanie is committed to encouraging the growth of small businesses in the Seventh District, and I’m confident she will continue her work for Florida in our nation’s capital. I’m proud to support her in her campaign for Congress.”

“I want to thank Steny for joining me in Orlando to discuss the ways in which we can work to encourage job growth in central Florida and across the United States,” said Murphy. “We need an economy that works for more Americans. As a businesswoman in the private sector, I’ll work in a bipartisan way to create better, higher-pay jobs in central Florida so that every family has a fair shot at the American Dream. That’s why I support the ‘Make It In America’ plan, so that we can promote entrepreneurship and innovation that strengthens our economy and puts our families first.”

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.


NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Responds to the Final Presidential Debate

ORLANDO – Following last night’s presidential debate, Stephanie Murphy released the following statement condemning the Republican nominee and Congressman John Mica’s continued support of Donald Trump.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“What will it take for Congressman Mica to put Floridians ahead of Donald Trump? Congressman Mica has stuck with his party’s nominee through despicable attacks on women, Veterans, minorities, and even a Gold Star mother. But Trump’s latest refusal to say he will accept the results of the election is an attack on our 240-year-old American democracy. By refusing to reject his nominee’s dangerous, anti-democratic views because, as he said, he’s ‘pretty much a party loyalist,’ Congressman Mica makes it clearer than ever that he puts his party ahead of his country. Our district deserves better than this.”


NEWS: Human Rights Campaign Endorses Stephanie Murphy for Congress

ORLANDO – Today, the Human Rights campaign announced their endorsement of former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. The Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, represents 1.5 million members and supporters across the county. HRC fights to ensure equal rights for all LGBTQ Americans.

“Stephanie Murphy is someone who will work to ensure that everyone, including LGBTQ people, can one day live free from fear of discrimination,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “HRC is proud to endorse Stephanie Murphy, who will be an important ally as we fight to pass the Equality Act and take us an important step closer to equal treatment under the law for LGBTQ people.”

“I am so proud to receive this endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign, a tireless advocate for LGBTQ Americans,” said Murphy. “Equal rights are human rights, and no American should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love. I’m proud to stand with HRC in support of the Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment, and education. We must continue the fight ensure equal treatment for all LGBTQ Americans.”

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.


Mica: “I Think People Want To Reserve The Sanctity Of A Marriage Between A Man And A Woman.” “Well, I think people are concerned about — about marriage. Again, if you go beyond Washington, D.C. — and it`s a beautiful day here in Washington, D.C. — but it`s quite different out there. I think people want to reserve the sanctity of a marriage between a man and a woman.” [Tucker (MSNBC), Transcript, 10/31/06]

Supported “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Military LGBT Ban. “Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Reps. John Mica and Bill Posey all said they support ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ — but added caveats, saying they would be open-minded about changes suggested by the Pentagon. Said Mica: ‘I am sure there are many people with different sexual persuasions who have served this country well.’” [Orlando Sentinel, 8/16/09]

Voted Against Preventing Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation Or Gender Identity. In January 2016, Mica voted against a motion that would “exempt from the bill’s provisions any rule that prohibits discrimination by federal contractors or subcontractors on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.” The motion to recommit failed, 178-239. [HR 1155, Vote #19, 1/07/16; CQ Floor Votes, 1/8/15]

Opposed Expanding Federal Hate Crime Law. In 2009, Mica voted against expanding federal hate crime law to cover offenses based on a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition the bill would also cover crimes based on a victim’s physical or mental disability. At the time of the bill passage, the law only covered the use of threat or force based on race, color, religion or national origin. The bill passed 249-175. [HR 1913, Vote #223, 4/29/09; CQ Weekly, 5/04/09]

Received A 0% Grade From The Human Rights Campaigns 114th – 111th Congressional Scorecards. [Human Rights Campaign, accessed 10/13/16]


MEMO: Stephanie Murphy Takes The Lead

TO: Interested Parties
FROM:  Brad Howard, Campaign Manager, Stephanie Murphy for Congress
DATE:  Friday, Oct. 14
SUBJECT:  FL-07 State of the Race


Stephanie Murphy Takes The Lead 

Strong Campaign by Murphy & Donald Trump’s Sinking Numbers Position Murphy for Victory


Businesswoman, educator and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy is giving Congressman John Mica his toughest challenge in his 23-year career in Congress. And this week, a new poll shows that Murphy has taken a two-point lead, with room to grow. By all accounts, Murphy’s momentum is gaining, and she is well positioned for an upset on Election Day.


It is clear that Murphy, her powerful story, and her message of change, security, and equality are resonating with voters in this young, diverse district. Voters are also rejecting Donald Trump’s candidacy and are abandoning Congressman Mica – especially independent voters – because they view Mica’s partisanship and consistent support of Trump as troubling.

In a DCCC poll of 499 likely voters in Florida’s Seventh District conducted on Oct. 10, Stephanie Murphy leads Congressman John Mica by two points, 45% to 43%. Murphy also has increasing favorability and strong support among independent voters in the district, leading Mica by 18 points among them.

Further findings from the poll:

  • As more voters learn about Murphy, she has been able to turn an 18-point deficit (36% Murphy to 54% Mica) into a two-point lead (45% Murphy to 43% Mica) in just two short months. Murphy still has room to grow, considering that 50% of voters who are still undecided in the Congressional race plan to vote for Hillary Clinton in the Presidential race, compared to just 15% who plan to vote for Donald Trump.
  • Hillary Clinton holds a commanding 11-point lead over Donald Trump in the district (47% to 36%). Clinton leads by 22 points among registered independents.
  • Mica’s continued support of Trump is a liability. Fifty-one percent of voters say they are less likely to support Mica due to his support of Trump and just 30 percent say it makes them more likely to support Mica. Independent voters are especially uncomfortable with Mica’s support of Trump, with 62 percent of them saying it makes them less likely to support Mica.


The House: 10 Most Vulnerable: “#5: Congressman John Mica:  This 12-term Republican hasn’t faced a serious election in decades, and Democrats didn’t even have a competitive challenger against him until late June. But with Stephanie Murphy now in the race, Mica finds himself on this list for the first time because he’s facing re-election in a heavily redistricted seat that’s more Democratic and at least 40 percent new to him. Republicans are concerned that he hasn’t invested the time or resources to introduce himself to new voters, while Democrats are treating this like a top pickup opportunity.” – [Roll Call, 10/11/2016]


Experts Rating Last Updated
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball Toss-up Oct. 13, 2016
Washington Post’s “The Fix” Toss-up Oct. 12, 2016
The Cook Political Report Toss-up Sept. 29, 2016
The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report Toss-up/Tilt Republican Sept. 29, 2016


“Set against a backdrop of redistricting, national tragedy, demographic change and hotly contested presidential race, FL-07 is exactly the type of district that could make the difference between Democrats picking up a modest (5-10) or larger (10-20) number of House seats on Election Night. It also happens to feature the most jarring contrast between an incumbent and a challenger in the country. This race moves to the Toss Up column.” [The Cook Political Report, 9/29/2016]


NEWS: Murphy to Mica: Do You Still Think This is Still Just ‘Locker Room Talk’?

ORLANDO – When lewd comments made by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump bragging about the sexual assault of women leaked last Friday, Trump excused it as “locker room talk.” And enthusiastic Donald Trump supporter Congressman John Mica repeated the “locker room” talking point on Monday, as he reaffirmed his support for Trump: “I will still support the Republican nominee.” [10/10/16, Orlando Sentinel].

Today, in the wake of last night’s New York Times report that Trump inappropriately touched two women, congressional candidate Stephanie Murphy released the following statement:

On Monday, John Mica dismissed what Donald Trump said he did as merely ‘locker room talk.’ To be so dismissive of Trump’s bragging about sexual assault is as out of touch as it is dangerous.

“Now that two more brave women have come forward with disturbing stories about Donald Trump, I ask Congressman Mica – do you think what Donald Trump did was sexual assault?

“If Mica doesn’t, then that’s wrong. If he does think it was sexual assault and he continues to support Donald Trump anyway, then that’s just as wrong.

“Congressman Mica’s continued enthusiastic support for Trump proves that he places party loyalty and partisanship over doing the right thing for the women and families he should be putting first.”


NEWS: Orlando & Seminole County Fire Fighters Endorse Stephanie Murphy for Congress

ORLANDO – Orlando Professional Fire Fighters I.A.F.F. Local 1365 and Seminole County Professional Fire Fighters I.A.F.F. 3254 have endorsed businesswoman and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Fire fighters said her experience in national security and her clear vision for Florida’s future would help fire fighters and other public servants keep our communities safe.

“On behalf of the over 500 men and women that make up the Orlando Professional Firefighters, we are pleased to endorse Stephanie Murphy for United States Congress,” said Ron Glass, president of I.A.F.F. Local 1365. “The Orlando Professional Firefighters Local 1365 have always taken great pride in their involvement with the political process as well as the endorsement of candidates who help serve in the best interest of public safety.  As an experienced public servant with a clear vision for the needs of firefighters and the citizens of Florida alike, we look forward to working with Stephanie Murphy on various important issues during her tenure as a U.S. Representative.”

“The Seminole County Fire Fighters are pleased to endorse Stephanie Murphy,” said Mike Edmiston, president of the I.A.F.F. Local 3254. “This election is about making a difference. Stephanie is a champion for the middle class and will work to improve the lives of families throughout the Seventh District.”

Murphy said she will always stand with those in uniform and will work with both Republicans and Democrats to keep our communities safe.

“As someone who worked alongside our men and women in uniform in the Pentagon, I have always believed we need to have the backs of those who protect and serve our communities and our country,” said Murphy. “Our top priority should never be partisanship – it should always be to keep our communities and our neighborhoods safe. I am incredibly honored to receive the endorsement of the brave fire fighters in the Seventh Congressional District and other first responders who risk their lives and run into danger when others are running out. In Congress, I will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our brave public servants to ensure they have the training, resources and support they need to keep our communities safe.”


NEWS: Florida AFL-CIO Endorses Stephanie Murphy for Congress

ORLANDO – Today, Florida AFL-CIO announced their endorsement of former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Florida AFL-CIO represents roughly 500 local labor unions and councils, and more than a million workers and retirees. The organization includes Floridians from all trades, including construction workers, health care professionals, teachers, agricultural workers, law enforcement, and restaurant employees.

“Central Florida deserves a local leader that understands the needs of our community and will stand with workers in Congress,” said Eric Clinton, President of the Central Florida AFL-CIO. “We need leadership that will push through the Washington gridlock to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the corporations. Stephanie Murphy is the clear choice for working families in the CD 7 race and we are proud to endorse her campaign to represent working people in our community.”

“I’m proud to receive an endorsement from the hardworking Floridians that make up the Florida AFL-CIO,” said Murphy. “My dad worked long hours at hard labor jobs, and it was the union that stood up for our family and gave us a voice. We need to restore America’s middle class by raising wages to a livable wage, strengthening retirements, and putting families first by passing paid family leave. We need an economy that works for all of us, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to ensure every family has a shot at the American Dream.”

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.


Mica Has Voted At Least 17 Times Against Increasing Minimum Wage. [H Con Res 96, Vote #176, 4/10/14; HR 803, Vote #74, 3/15/13; H Res 487, Vote #65, 2/26/14; H Res 492, Vote #79, 2/27/14; H Res 530, Vote #152, 4/02/14; H Res 539, Vote #157, 4/04/14; HR 2, Vote #18, 1/10/07; HR 1591, Vote #186, 3/23/07; HR 2206, Vote #333, 5/10/07; HR 2206,Vote #424, 5/24/07; HR 1591, Vote #276, 5/02/07; HR5638, Vote #308, 6/22/06; HR2389, Vote #382, 7/19/06; HR2990,Vote#364, 7/12/06; HR4411, Vote #360, 7/11/06; HR 5672, Vote #319, 6/27/06; HR 3448, Vote #398, 8/02/96]

Mica Voted For “Pay Working Families Less Act.” In 2013, Mica voted for a bill that would undermine the 40 hour work week, cut workers’ pay, and provide no guarantee of paid vacation days for employees when they need them. [HR 1406,Vote #137, 5/08/13]

1995: Compared Providing Food To Families On Welfare To Feeding Alligators. “Debate on the bill continued in emotionally charged language Friday, when Rep. John L. Mica, R-Fla., took to the House floor to compare providing food to families on welfare with feeding alligators. ‘Now people are not alligators, but I submit that with our current handout, nonwork welfare system, we’ve upset the natural order. We’ve failed to understand simple warning signs. We’ve created a system of dependency,’ he said.” [Associated Press, 3/25/95; C-SPAN, Video, 3/24/95]

Mica Voted At Least 18 Times Against Extending Or To Undermine Unemployment Benefits [H Con Res 96,Vote #176, 4/10/14; H Res 438, Vote #637, 12/12/13; H Res 455, Vote #5, 1/09/14; H Res 458, Vote #19, 1/15/14; H Res 465,Vote #26, 1/28/14; H Res 497, Vote #93, 3/05/14; H Res 501, Vote #99, 3/06/14; H Res 544, Vote #169, 4/08/14; HR 3630,Vote #72, 2/17/12; HR 3630, Vote #923, 12/13/11; HR 6419, Vote #579, 11/18/10; HR 4213, Vote #463, 7/22/10; HR 5618,Vote #423, 7/01/10; HR 5618, Vote #398, 6/29/10; HR 7110, Vote #660, 9/26/08; HR 5749, Vote #412, 6/12/08; HR 5749,Vote #411, 6/12/08; HR 2642, Vote #330, 5/15/08]