“No community should ever go through an attack like we experienced here in Orlando at Pulse Nightclub, and we must do everything in our power to prevent these types of massacres from happening again. As a former national security specialist and as member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am working hard every day to help keep our nation and our communities safe.” – Stephanie Murphy
- Stephanie is a former national security specialist at the Pentagon and sits on the House Armed Services Committee to ensure our military has what it needs to keep us safe.
- Stephanie co-chairs the House Democratic Caucus’ National Security Task Force and led the public effort to force the removal of former White House advisor Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.
- A member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Stephanie led bipartisan efforts to essentially overturn the Dickey Amendment – finally allowing the U.S. to research gun violence.
- Stephanie will continue to lead the fight for commonsense gun safety legislation, including universal background checks.
Stephanie believes a stronger America means confronting the threats abroad without blinking or undermining our values.
Following the September 11th attacks on our country, Stephanie felt called to public service. She left a job in the corporate world and eventually became a national security specialist for the U.S. Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, where she worked alongside our men and women in uniform on a wide range of security issues including counterterrorism, foreign military relations, strategic planning, and international disaster relief. In fact, Stephanie helped coordinate the U.S. Armed Forces’ response to the historic 2004 Asian tsunami, helping to remind the world of America’s generosity.
While at the Pentagon, Stephanie received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie worked with both Democrats and Republicans in her work at the Defense Department, because that’s what it took to help keep our nation safe. Recognizing that politics cannot interfere with our national security, Stephanie led the public effort that forced the removal of former White House advisor Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.
Stephanie knows America must work with our allies, including NATO and Israel, and that we must be strong and smart to destroy ISIS, control North Korea, and protect America – not reckless and rash. She will ensure our military has the resources they need to do their job, and our military knows how to do their job better than anyone else in the world.
Security Here at Home
We must also do everything we can to keep Americans safe here at home, and that’s why Stephanie is leading efforts to combat the gun violence epidemic in our country. She is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and has been endorsed by numerous gun violence prevention organizations. Even with a Republican majority in Congress, Stephanie passed bipartisan legislation that essentially repeals the Dickey Amendment, which previously prevented the federal government from researching gun violence in America.
We must keep weapons out of the hands of those who wish to wreak havoc on our communities. For instance, Stephanie supports universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, suspected terrorists and the severely mentally ill, including closing the gun show loophole. She also supports increasing resources to address mental health through both early detection and treatment. These are all commonsense measures that are overwhelmingly supported by the American people of both political parties and will help keep our nation safe.
In response to the largest mass shooting in American history this summer at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a group of people affected by the tragedy came together to create the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – an effort to help elect pro-LGBTQ candidates at the national level who support sensible gun reforms. As someone who lives in a region with countless families directly impacted by the Pulse tragedy, Stephanie is proud to have received the inaugural endorsement of this group and she will continue leading efforts in Congress to strengthen LGBTQ rights and pass long-overdue commonsense gun safety legislation in the U.S. Congress.