Stephanie Murphy Re-Elected to the U.S. House

MAITLAND, FLA. — Voters in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District today re-elected Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy to the U.S. House of Representatives. Murphy, who was first elected to Congress in 2016 and is the first Vietnamese American woman to serve in Congress, said she was humbled by the victory and pledged to continue putting Florida families first.

Statement by U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy:

“I am so humbled to earn your trust for another term as your voice in our nation’s capital. Our campaign was focused on jobs, security, and equality, and on always putting people over politics. In a time when partisan politics has grinded government to a halt and when civility has lost its place in our politics, voters tonight in central Florida chose consensus over conflict and results over rhetoric. For that, I am forever grateful.

“My constituents know we may not always agree on every issue and we may not belong to the same political party, but I will always listen to the people I represent because that’s my job. The oath I took – and the oath I’ll take again in January – is to pledge my allegiance not to any political party or any president, but to the Constitution of the United States. In my second term, I will keep holding true to that promise: to do what’s right, no matter the political cost, and to always put Florida families first.

“I thank Representative Mike Miller for his years of service in our state legislature, and I wish Nora and him all my best in the next chapter of their lives.

“I am so grateful to my family and friends for their steadfast support over the last two years; I would not be where I am today without their love and faith and in me. And, of course, I am eternally grateful for the countless number of staff and volunteers across central Florida who believed in our vision for a stronger, more inclusive, and more prosperous America for all who call this great country home. Their faith in me will motivate me to work hard every day to make this community proud.”

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Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including Winter Park, Maitland, UCF, and downtown Orlando. Murphy is a former educator, businesswoman, and national security specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense. She lives in Winter Park, Fla., with her husband and two young children.

MEMO: Stephanie Murphy Heads Into Election Night in Strong Position

TO: Interested Parties

FR: Christie Stephenson, Campaign Manager

RE: Stephanie Murphy Heads Into Election Night in Strong Position

Stephanie Murphy proved she is a tough campaigner when she upset John Mica in 2016, flipping Florida’s 7th district from red-to-blue and unseating a 24-year incumbent. Following that election – a rare bright spot for Democrats on Election Night 2016 – Murphy never took her foot off the gas pedal, serving her community tirelessly in Congress and running a formidable campaign. The strength of Murphy’s bipartisan track record in Congress, which she has communicated to voters across the district, gives her the momentum heading into Election Day.

Early vote numbers in Florida’s 7th Congressional District are encouraging, with Murphy’s field team continuing to hit thousands more doors on Election Day up until polls close at 7:00pm. Murphy’s strong presence in a bellwether district is poised to help Democrats up- and down- the ballot in a pivotal area of the state.

EARLY VOTE TOTALS SHOW DEMOCRATIC ENTHUSIASM IN FL-07

Democrats hold a narrow advantage in early voting statewide, with Murphy’s district notably delivering a larger margin over Republicans than in 2016. Over 5,900 more registered Democrats have voted early or by mail heading into Election Day than Republicans, a larger advantage than Democrats held at this point in 2016 (4,800), despite this being a midterm election cycle. Democrats were down by over 10,000 votes in FL-07 heading into the last midterm Election Day, 2014.


Stephanie Murphy’s Record of Accomplishment = Winning General Election Message
In 2016, voters were introduced to Stephanie Murphy and her powerful story: a refugee, an immigrant, a former businesswoman and educator, and a former national security specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense. They responded to her message of change, commitment to service, and genuine promise to reject hyper-partisanship and Washington gridlock.

In 2018, voters know that Stephanie Murphy has lived into that promise. In just two short years in Congress, she’s been all over her district, and racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. At a time when voters are fed up with a gridlocked, Republican-led Congress, outside groups have named Stephanie Murphy the most effective House freshman and the seventh most bipartisan in the entire U.S. House.

She led the effort to repeal the Dickey Amendment – ending the 24-year ban on the CDC being able to research gun violence. She brought home more than $100 million in emergency funding for Florida schools and universities when they took in Puerto Rican students after Hurricane Maria. And, she passed a law that strengthened the transition program for veterans when they re-enter civilian life. Murphy has also prioritized serving her constituents through casework, recouping over $1.6 million in earned benefits for thousands of seniors and veterans.

 

Murphy Ran Aggressive Campaign to Bring This Message to Voters

Stephanie Murphy has proven beyond a doubt that a Democrat can serve this district well. Yet Murphy has never taken her eye off the need to reach out directly to voters to ask them to allow her to continue serving them in Congress.

Murphy has raised significant resources to communicate her strong message at the doors, in the mail, online, and on television, bringing in over $3.2 million from a broad base of supporters to run an aggressive campaign, the likes of which has not been seen in central Florida. Her operation has prioritized meeting voters where they are, for example by hitting tens of thousands of doors, and reaching Hispanic voters online in their language of choice.

Stephanie Murphy has been able to reach out to voters with an authentic, positive message that is driven by her accomplishments. In a district where voters with No Party Affiliation make up 30 percent of the electorate, Murphy has been able to break through with her record of standing up to both parties and the White House when they’re wrong and working with them where she can find common ground.

 

Murphy Built Strong Base of Bipartisan Support and Endorsements

It’s clear that Stephanie Murphy is the most qualified candidate to serve Florida’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House. You don’t have to take my word for it; Murphy has earned numerous endorsements, ranging from the Orlando Sentinel, to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to leading labor unions representing tens of thousands of Florida’s working families.

From the Sentinel:

“In an age of hyperpartisan politics, Stephanie Murphy gives voters hope for something better. The incumbent Democrat showed her congressional colleagues it’s possible to disagree on policy without Americans pounding each other senseless before retreating to their corners… Murphy is made of the stuff that made this country great. And we think that will serve her constituents well in these troubled times. We recommend sending Stephanie Murphy back to the U.S. House.”

Murphy’s Win in 2016 May Have Been an Upset, but it was No Accident

In 2016, many observers weren’t quite sure what to make of the young woman of color who decided to mount a longshot campaign against a longtime incumbent. Two years ago, Stephanie Murphy proved that a first-time, female candidate with a national security background could win in a Republican-held suburban district with hard work and a winning message.

In 2018, there is no mistaking that Stephanie Murphy is in strong position heading into her first re-election based on the strength of her accomplishments and her commitment to run a campaign befitting a competitive swing district in a swing state. To judge this race by her opponents’ campaigns is to miss Stephanie Murphy’s game-changing work ethic – the kind of work ethic that allowed a Vietnamese refugee to go on to occupy the kind of corner offices that her parents used to clean at night to make ends meet. Work ethic that earned Stephanie Murphy the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Work ethic that has put her in the driver’s seat heading into Election Night.

Murphy On TIME Magazine Cover as Final TV Ad Hits Airwaves

Caps off week campaigning with Capt. Mark Kelly and VP Joe Biden by highlighting bipartisan leadership

WINTER PARK, FLA. — Today, a new TIME Magazine cover hits newsstands across the country and in central Florida, prominently featuring U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy and her successful bipartisan initiative to effectively repeal the Dickey amendment, the 22-year ban on CDC research into gun violence. TIME’s new “Guns in America” feature, including an online interactive mural, hits newsstands as Murphy launches her fourth and final television ad of the 2018 campaign. The ads touts her bipartisan leadership on gun violence prevention and her commitment to keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.

The 30-second television ad – “Town Hall” – features Murphy talking to voters in a town hall meeting about why she loves this country and how she worked in a bipartisan way to get things done in a gridlocked Washington. In addition to her work on gun safety, the ad touts the $100 million Murphy secured in emergency education funding for Florida schools and universities following last year’s hurricanes. The spot closes by featuring Murphy’s rating as the most effective House freshman by Quorum.us and the Orlando Sentinel’s endorsement of her re-election.

The television ad may be viewed by clicking here.  The Murphy campaign noted the ad will run on Orlando cable and broadcast as well as digital.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“From the Pentagon to the halls of Congress, public service for me has always been about putting people over politics,” said Murphy. “I’m proud of my my bipartisan record to make our schools better and our communities safer from gun violence. I love this country, and I will work hard every day to ensure a bright future for our children and that the American Dream is alive and well. In these closing days before the election, I’m humbly asking central Florida families to send me back to Congress to fight for them.”

TRANSCRIPT

VOICEOVER:
For Stephanie Murphy, it’s about putting country first — ahead of politics.
STEPHANIE MURPHY:
And the reason I love this country is that I owe this country my life.
It’s about getting things done in a Washington that is so gridlocked.
We should keep the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous people.
We can find common ground so that we can move this country forward.
VOICEOVER:
Working together. It’s why Stephanie Murphy’s ranked one of the most effective in Congress.
STEPHANIE MURPHY:
I’m Stephanie Murphy and I approve this message.

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Military Family Highlights Murphy’s Commitment to Veterans in New Ad

Daughter of Veteran Shares How Murphy Helped Her Family Cut Through Red Tape, Get Benefits Her Father Earned

WINTER PARK, FLA. — U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy today launched her third television ad of the 2018 campaign. The 30-second television ad – “Sarah” – highlights Murphy’s commitment to military families with a testimony from Sarah Barton, whose family Murphy helped cut through the red tape at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to get benefits they were owed. Barton’s father, Staff Sergeant Gerald Birman, honorably served in the U.S. Air Force. After his passing, Sarah struggled to get her ailing mother the survivors’ benefits she was owed by the VA. After the family contacted Murphy for assistance, she successfully worked on their behalf to secure benefits that allowed Sarah to care for her mother.

The television ad may be viewed by clicking here. The Murphy campaign noted the ad will run on Orlando cable and broadcast as well as digital.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“When my family fled communist Vietnam, the U.S. Navy rescued us, allowing us to come to America to pursue the American Dream,” said Murphy. “I owe this country – especially our men and women in uniform – a debt of gratitude I can never fully repay, but I am working hard every day to try. Supporting our veterans and their families isn’t just professional for me, it’s personal.”

TRANSCRIPT

SARAH BARTON:
My father was proud to serve his country.
We were a proud military family.
We needed to care for my mother, and these benefits were tied up in red tape and bureaucracy.
My father earned these benefits for his family.
We were in dire straits.
Stephanie Murphy took on the bureaucracy and did what was right for me and my family.
She really cares for veterans and their families. This is her passion.

STEPHANIE MURPHY:
I’m Stephanie Murphy and I approve this message.

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Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy is the Democratic nominee for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including Winter Park, Maitland, UCF, and downtown Orlando. Murphy is a former educator, businesswoman, and national security specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense. She lives in Winter Park, Fla., with her husband and two young children.

ICYMI: Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló Endorses Stephanie Murphy for Congress

Orlando, FLA. – Calling her an “enormous fighter for the people of Puerto Rico,” Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló today endorsed Stephanie Murphy for Congress. “Her clarity with the issue of equality is second to none,” said Rosselló during an event in Orlando today.

Video of Rosselló’s endorsement may be viewed here.

Orlando Weekly: Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló ‘betrays’ GOP, endorses Democrats in key Florida races
By Joey Roulette, 10/1/18

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló visited Orlando and Kissimmee on Monday to endorse U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, locking down crucial campaign support for Democrats as their Republican opponents compete for a grip on Florida’s contested Puerto Rican vote.

[…] Rosselló also lauded Murphy, who stood next to Nelson during the press conference, for being “an enormous fighter for the people of Puerto Rico.”

“You also have my commitment and my endorsement,” Rosselló said of Murphy. A freshman lawmaker in a Central Florida congressional district encompassing the University of Central Florida, Murphy faces a familiar challenge from State Rep. Mike Miller, a hard-lined conservative and Trump acolyte similar to DeSantis, Gillum’s gubernatorial opponent. […]

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Stephanie Murphy for Congress

Praises Her Bipartisan Record of Supporting Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

WINTER PARK, FLA. – Citing her bipartisan voting record and numerous legislative accomplishments on behalf of small business owners and entrepreneurs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today endorsed Stephanie Murphy for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.  

“Congresswoman Murphy understands what it takes to start, grow, and turn around a business in America, which is why she has shown such strong leadership on issues like infrastructure, immigration, and investing in small businesses,” said Ken Johnson, executive director of Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Stephanie is willing to work across the aisle, and has a proven bipartisan record in Congress of supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners.”

Last week, the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce presented Murphy with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award for her bipartisan voting record of supporting pro-growth policies in Congress. Murphy, who serves on the House Small Business Committee and as ranking member of its subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, has become a nationally recognized champion of small businesses in America.

“As someone who fled communism, I am a firm defender of free enterprise in this country because I know the alternative, and it isn’t pretty,” said Murphy. “I’ve consulted well-established companies and counseled small startups, so I understand the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in America. I will keep working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to create more and better-paying jobs in central Florida, to keep the spirit of enterprise alive, and to pass pro-growth policies that strengthen the middle class and lift people out of poverty.”

Murphy has also been named a “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation and “Legislator of the Year” by the International Franchise Association, which cited her “support of small businesses and economic growth” as deserving of their recognition. Murphy is consistently recognized by outside groups for her bipartisan approach to legislating, being named the most effective House freshman and the seventh most bipartisan Member of Congress.

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Murphy Calls for Congressional Accountability in Second TV Ad

Ad highlights reform legislation to reign in congressional perks

WINTER PARK — U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy today launched her second television ad of the 2018 campaign. The 30-second television ad – “Accountable” – centers on Murphy’s work to hold Congress accountable to the people. Murphy authored a bipartisan bill to institute a lifetime ban on Members of Congress becoming lobbyists, stop their automatic pay increases once and for all, ban first-class travel on the taxpayer dime, promote bipartisan bills, and ensure Members of Congress do their job and pass a budget — or they don’t get paid until they do. The Murphy campaign noted the ad will run on Orlando cable and broadcast, in addition to a 15-second version that is launching online.

The television ad may be viewed by clicking here.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“Congress should serve the American people, not line their own pockets or cash out on their service.  That’s why I introduced bipartisan legislation to hold Congress accountable to the people and forcing Members of Congress to do their jobs or they don’t get paid. Americans have lost faith in a system that puts politics as usual over people. We teach our children to be responsible; it’s time we restore the public’s trust and do that with Congress, too.”

TRANSCRIPT

Stephanie Murphy talking to her kids:
Once you do your chores — you can have your allowance!

STEPHANIE MURPHY:
I’m Stephanie Murphy.
We teach our kids to be responsible.
It’s time we do that with Congress, too.

It’s why I’m taking on politics as usual.
To ban members of Congress from becoming lobbyists ever…
Freeze congressional pay…
And force them to do their job.

I’m Stephanie Murphy and I approve this message because we have got to hold Congress accountable.

LIEM MURPHY:
Finished! How about double allowance?

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Stephanie Murphy Releases First Digital Ads in Spanish & English

Murphy reaching voters where they are with her message of ensuring access to the American dream

WINTER PARK — U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy today launched her first digital ads of the 2018 campaign. The digital advertising campaign — “Fair Shot” — includes both Spanish and English versions of a 30-second ad highlighting why she’s fighting to ensure everyone has a fair shot at the American dream. The ad features Stephanie’s personal story and commitment to fighting for all central Floridians. The Murphy campaign said that the ad, targeted to Hispanic voters, is part of a significant investment in digital communication leading up to the election.

Click here to view the ad in English, and click here to view the ad in Spanish.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“Growing up, my parents worked multiple jobs so that my brother and I could have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. America’s greatness is defined by its values, and I’m fighting every day for jobs, security, and equality for all Americans. I’ll keep working with both parties to get results for our community as we make central Florida a stronger, more inclusive, and more prosperous community for all.”

TRANSCRIPT (ENGLISH):

STEPHANIE MURPHY:

We escaped communism when I was a child.

My parents cleaned offices at night so we could have a better life.

When you work hard, you deserve to get ahead.

So I’m working with both parties to improve veterans care, invest in schools, and create good paying jobs.

And I’m holding Washington accountable – because they work for the people.

I’m Stephanie Murphy, and I’m fighting for your fair shot at the American dream.

TRANSCRIPT (SPANISH):

STEPHANIE MURPHY:

Escapamos del comunismo cuando era niña.

Mis padres limpiaron oficinas por la noche para que pudiéramos tener una vida mejor.

Cuando trabajas duro, mereces avanzar.

Por eso estoy trabajando con ambos partidos para mejorar la atención médica de veteranos, invertir en las escuelas y crear buenos empleos.

Soy Stephanie Murphy, y estoy luchando para que alcances el sueño americano.

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Stephanie Murphy lanza sus primeros anuncios digitales en español e inglés

Murphy está llevando su mensaje de oportunidad y acceso al sueño americano a votantes alrededor de su comunidad

WINTER PARK — La congresista Stephanie Murphy lanzó hoy sus primeros anuncios digitales de su campaña de reelección. Los anuncios titulados – “Fair Shot”, y “Oportunidad Justa” en español- incluyen versiones en inglés y español de 30 segundos que destacan las razones por las que ella lucha para garantizar que todos tengan las mismas oportunidades de alcanzar el sueño americano. El anuncio presenta la historia personal de la congresista Murphy y narra su compromiso de luchar por todos los trabajadores del centro de la Florida. La campaña de Murphy enfatizó que el anuncio, dirigido a los votantes hispanos, es parte de una inversión significativa en comunicaciones en los medios digitales previa a las elecciones.

Haga clic aquí para ver el anuncio en inglés y haga clic aquí para ver el anuncio en español.

 Declaración de Stephanie Murphy sobre el anuncio:

“Cuando era niña, mis padres tuvieron múltiples trabajos para que mi hermano y yo tuviéramos la oportunidad de alcanzar el sueño americano. La grandeza de los Estados Unidos se define por sus valores, y estoy luchando todos los días para crear empleos, seguridad e igualdad para todos en nuestra nación. Continuaré trabajando con ambos partidos para lograr los resultados que nuestra comunidad necesita y que la harán más fuerte, más inclusiva y más próspera para todos en el centro de la Florida.”

TRANSCRIPCIÓN (ESPAÑOL):

STEPHANIE MURPHY:

Escapamos del comunismo cuando era niña.

Mis padres limpiaron oficinas por la noche para que pudiéramos tener una vida mejor.

Cuando trabajas duro, mereces avanzar.

Por eso estoy trabajando con ambos partidos para mejorar la atención médica de veteranos, invertir en las escuelas en la Florida y crear buenos empleos.

Soy Stephanie Murphy, y estoy luchando para que alcances el sueño americano.

TRANSCRIPCIÓN (INGLÉS):

STEPHANIE MURPHY:

We escaped communism when I was a child.

My parents cleaned offices at night so we could have a better life.

When you work hard, you deserve to get ahead.

So I’m working with both parties to improve veterans care, invest in Florida schools and create good paying jobs.

And I’m holding Washington accountable – because they work for the people.

I’m Stephanie Murphy, and I’m fighting for your fair shot at the American dream.

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NEWS: Murphy Highlights Experience & Bipartisan Results in First Television Ad of the General Election

First out of the gate on TV, Murphy touts her rating as most effective freshman member of the U.S. House

WINTER PARK — U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy today launched her first television ad of the 2018 campaign. The 30-second television ad – “Working” – highlights Murphy’s biography as a former businesswoman, educator, and national security specialist and touts her record of getting the job done. The ad features some of her major bipartisan results, including improving veterans care, making our communities safer, and investing in Florida’s schools. The Murphy campaign said it is also launching a similar 15-second digital ad.

The television ad may be viewed by clicking here.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“Whether in the boardroom, the classroom, or in the Pentagon, we never cared if you were a Democrat or a Republican; we just focused on getting the job done. In my first term, I’ve been rated as the most effective House freshman and the seventh most bipartisan member of the entire U.S. House, and I believe I’m effective because I’m bipartisan.

“Unlike my opponent, I don’t believe any party or any president has it right 100 percent of the time. Our campaign is about jobs, security, and equality, and about putting people over politics. That’s not just my promise to voters; that’s also my record.”

TRANSCRIPT

STEPHANIE MURPHY:
I’m Stephanie Murphy.
I’ve been an educator,
worked in business,
and run this place, too.
And before all that, I was a national security specialist.
Through it all, no one cared if you were a Republican or Democrat – you just focused on getting the job done.
So I’ve worked with both parties to pass new laws helping improve veterans care, make our communities safer, and invest in Florida schools.
I’m Stephanie Murphy and I approve this message because it’s time Washington started working, too.

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Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy is the Democratic nominee for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including Winter Park, Maitland, UCF, and downtown Orlando. Murphy is a former educator, businesswoman, and national security specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense. She lives in Winter Park, Fla., with her husband and two young children.

 

NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Primary Election Night Statement

WINTER PARK — U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy released the following statement after securing the Democratic nomination for Congress in Florida’s 7th Congressional District:

“I am incredibly honored to earn the Democratic nomination for Congress, and I look forward to a civil general election campaign based on ideas, values, and our different visions for the future of this nation.   

“My campaign is about jobs, security, and equality, and I’m proud of the grassroots support we’ve received across central Florida. In a time of historic dysfunction, I have a proven record of working with both parties to get results, standing up to the president when he’s wrong, and always putting people over politics.

“The biggest question in this race is: who will always do what’s right no matter the political cost? How voters answer that question will decide who represents this district in Congress next year.”

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