NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Announces Senior Staff

Says Experienced Staff Will Serve Constituents Well

ORLANDO – Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park today announced three senior staff members who will help guide her Washington and district offices. Murphy has appointed Brad Howard as chief of staff; John Laufer as deputy chief of staff/legislative director; and Lauren Grabell Allen as district director. Murphy also announced she will have two district offices, one in Orange County and one in Seminole County.

“I am so proud to announce Brad, Lauren, and John as my senior staff who will help our Washington and district offices deliver exceptional constituent services and ensure the voices of central Floridians are being heard in our nation’s capital,” said Murphy. “Brad, Lauren, and John are incredibly experienced and have a passion for public service and a deep commitment to the future and progress of central Florida. They also share my bipartisan, results-driven approach to the job, and I look forward to working with them as we create more, higher-paying jobs; make our nation safer and more inclusive; and take care of our seniors and veterans.”

Brad Howard, Chief of Staff

Brad Howard will serve as chief of staff, where he will oversee operations in both the Washington and district offices to ensure constituents in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District are getting top-notch service and representation. For five years, he worked on Capitol Hill as communications director for a Member of Congress and then the fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition, which Congresswoman-Elect Murphy will join. He has also served in the U.S. Small Business Administration and as press secretary for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. He previously managed or served in senior leadership positions for five congressional, gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns across the country, most recently as campaign manager for Stephanie Murphy for Congress. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and a Master of Arts in Public Communication from American University in Washington, D.C.

Lauren Grabell Allen, District Director 

Lauren Grabell Allen will serve as district director, overseeing all operations and staff in the Orange and Seminole County offices and offering counsel as a senior policy advisor to the Congresswoman. Allen most recently served as the executive director for Support Our Scholars, a Winter Park-based nonprofit organization that financially and emotionally assists young women from underprivileged backgrounds with extraordinary academic potential. Allen previously worked as a government affairs specialist for Siemens Corporation in its Washington, D.C. office. Allen has also served in the district offices of two U.S. Senators and has worked on various political campaigns. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science, with a minor in Spanish, from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

John Laufer, Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director

John Laufer will serve as deputy chief of staff and legislative director, helping Congresswoman-Elect Murphy craft and execute her legislative agenda. Laufer previously clerked for a federal judge and worked as an associate in the litigation department at the New York City law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, before beginning work on Capitol Hill. For the last eight years, he served as legislative director for Congressman Pedro Pierluisi, who represented Puerto Rico in the U.S. House of Representatives. Laufer has a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass.; a law degree from Columbia Law School in New York City; and a master’s degree in international security from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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Stephanie Murphy is the Congresswoman-Elect for Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida. Previously, Stephanie was a businesswoman and college instructor. She also served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.

NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Announces Inaugural Ticket Selection Process

Request Deadline for Florida’s 7th District Residents is Jan. 6

ORLANDO – U.S. Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park said her office will officially begin collecting requests for tickets to the inaugural ceremony of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States. Her office announced a submission deadline of Friday, Jan. 6 at noon, where a random drawing will then determine selections. Requests may be made online, by mail, or by phone.

President-Elect Trump will be sworn in as president at noon on Jan. 20, 2017, at an outdoor ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) distributes directly to Members of Congress a select number of tickets to view the ceremony from reserved areas. Each Member of Congress then determines his or her own process of distributing tickets to constituents. Murphy said her office is setting aside a substantial number of her tickets for public lottery.

“The inauguration of a president is a historic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Murphy. “Though I do not take office until Jan. 3, 2017, I wanted to start this process as soon as possible so that constituents have time to make their travel accommodations. Remember, you don’t need a ticket to be on the National Mall for the inauguration, but tickets do ensure you a reserved standing area closer to the U.S. Capitol building. When I take office in January, we will be ready and willing to help constituents as they plan their visit to our nation’s capital for the inauguration.”

Due to limited supply, each person may only request up to five tickets. Murphy’s office said interested parties have until noon on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, to submit their ticket requests either online, by phone, or by mail. At noon on Jan. 6, Murphy’s office will conduct a random drawing to determine which requests will be granted until all tickets have been allocated. Constituents who reside in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District will be given priority. Florida’s Seventh District includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, UCF, Maitland, and Winter Park.

Residents in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District may request tickets to attend the presidential inaugural ceremony of Donald J. Trump on Jan. 20, 2017, in one of three ways:

  • Phone: 407-490-0270
  • Mail: Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy, P.O. Box 207, Winter Park, FL 32790*

*Must be postmarked by Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.

Murphy’s office said there are some important considerations to consider while requesting tickets:

  • A ticket is not required to be on the National Mall for the inauguration as it is available to the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis. A ticket, however, does ensure access to a reserved standing area on the east end of the National Mall closer to the U.S. Capitol building, where the ceremony will take place.
  • While tickets are free of charge, ticket holders are responsible for funding all personal expenses related to the inauguration. Please keep in mind that these expenses—particularly airfare and hotel accommodations—can be substantial.
  • Ticket holders should be prepared to stand for lengthy periods of time, in cold and possibly wet weather, and should expect tight security and large crowds.
  • Inauguration tickets must be picked in person at Congresswoman Murphy’s Washington, D.C., office on Thursday, Jan. 18th or Friday, Jan. 19th. A government-issued ID will be required to claim tickets. The U.S. House of Representatives prohibits mailing tickets to constituents under any circumstance.
  • Tickets only admit you to reserved standing areas to view the swearing-in ceremony from the National Mall on Jan. 20, 2017. Members of Congress are not given tickets to inaugural balls for public distribution.

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Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and parts of Orange County, including downtown Orlando, UCF, Maitland, and Winter Park. Previously, Stephanie was a businesswoman and college instructor. She also previously served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.

NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Joins New Democrat Coalition & Blue Dog Coalition

Says Coalitions Align with Her Goals of Small Business Growth, National Security & Fiscal Discipline 

ORLANDO – U.S. Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park will join the pro-small business New Democrat Coalition and the fiscally responsible Democratic Blue Dog Coalition when she is sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2017. Murphy said these coalitions align with her goals of strengthening central Florida’s growing entrepreneurial and small business sectors, keeping our nation secure, and ensuring fiscal discipline in Congress.

“When I take office on January 3, I want to hit the ground running to help strengthen our economy, keep our nation safe, and bring fiscal discipline back to Congress,” said Murphy. “I campaigned on a new approach – on working with both Democrats and Republicans to get things done. Both the New Dems and the Blue Dogs have strong reputations for reaching across the aisle and putting good public policy over partisan politics. That’s exactly what I’ll do in Congress.”

The combined membership of the New Democrat Coalition and the Blue Dog Coalition represents more than one-third of the Democratic caucus. Both coalitions have strong bipartisan reputations and a history of working with Republicans. Murphy said she will work with her New Dem colleagues to advocate legislation that strengthens our nation’s middle class and will work with her Blue Dog colleagues to help introduce No Budget, No Pay, which says Members of Congress must pass a budget and appropriations bills on time or they don’t get paid.

“There is a lot of uncertainty facing our country in the next few years, and there is too much on the line for partisan politics to derail our progress. When I see offensive rhetoric or where I disagree with a proposal, I will oppose them in the strongest possible terms. But, where I can find common ground, I will do so,” said Murphy. “Despite the challenging political environment, I’ll also continue to fight for issues I care deeply about, such as commonsense gun laws, access to women’s health care, comprehensive immigration reform, efforts to curb climate change, and protecting our seniors and veterans.”

Founded in 1997, the New Democrat Coalition is a key group of Democratic legislators dedicated to maintaining America’s status as the world’s strongest, most successful nation. The New Democrat Coalition is made up of 54 democratic, pro-growth, innovation-focused lawmakers committed to seeking pragmatic solutions to help hard working Americans compete in our increasingly globalized economy. The New Democrats are committed to strengthening, modernizing, and maintaining the U.S. national infrastructure in order to keep America the most competitive, creative, and innovative country in the world. And, the New Democrats support a tough and smart national security agenda. As policy entrepreneurs, the New Democrats continually seek new and effective ways to move our nation forward.

The Blue Dog Coalition, formed in 1995, is an official caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives comprised of 17 fiscally conservative Democrats that are deeply committed to the financial stability and national security of the United States and dedicated to finding bipartisan solutions to the nation’s biggest challenges. Since they first organized, the Blue Dog Coalition’s membership numbers have risen and fallen, but their commitment to fiscal responsibility and bipartisanship has long endured.  In today’s hyper-partisan environment, the Blue Dogs continue to stand as one of the last caucuses in the House of Representatives willing to set aside party politics and put the interests of the nation first.

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Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and parts of Orange County, including downtown Orlando, UCF, Maitland, and Winter Park. Previously, Stephanie was a businesswoman and college instructor. She also previously served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.

NEWS: Congresswoman-Elect Murphy’s Statement on Veterans Day

ORLANDO – Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy today issued the following statement to recognize Veterans Day:

“As someone whose family was rescued by the U.S. Navy when we fled Communist Vietnam, I am incredibly grateful to our men and women in uniform. The courageous, dedicated people who make up our Armed Forces not only fight for us, but they also represent the best in us – defending democracy and liberty around the world at all cost.

“I had the incredible honor to work alongside our service members when I was a national security specialist at the Pentagon. I have seen their service, their patriotism, and their sacrifice up close – and it is awe-inspiring and unwavering.

“On this day – and every day – we must thank our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice, and we must rededicate ourselves to supporting our veterans with the same loyalty they showed this country. When I take office in January, I will make taking care of our veterans, our troops, and our military families one of my top priorities.”

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Stephanie Murphy is an educator, businesswoman, and former national security specialist who is the Congresswoman-Elect for Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Stephanie currently works as an executive at Sungate Capital where she is responsible for leading investment efforts and implementing government affairs initiatives. She is also an instructor of business and social entrepreneurship at Rollins College. Previously, Stephanie served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children, Liem and Maya, ages six and two.

NEWS: Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy Statement on Election

ORLANDO – Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy today issued a statement calling for unity following yesterday’s historic election.

Statement from Congresswoman-Elect Stephanie Murphy:

“I am honored and humbled by the trust and faith the people of central Florida have placed in me to represent them in the U.S. Congress. I am also proud that our campaign gave a voice to the true values and priorities of this new and diverse district, which is ultimately why we won. This was a campaign focused on the issues – not partisanship – and I will take the same approach with me to our nation’s capital.

“I got into this race because I was so frustrated by the dysfunction and deadlock in Washington – where special interests and career politicians were the only ones benefitting from a broken government. We campaigned on bringing a new approach to Congress that would prioritize people over politics and would bring both parties together to grow an economy that works for everyone, to make our communities safer, and to get things done again in this country. I will take this same commonsense, bipartisan, and results-driven approach with me to Congress to fight for central Florida.

“We owe it to our new president and our country to come together, put families first again, and to move our nation forward with a stronger middle class. Just as I have always done – whether in business, academia, or in the Pentagon under a Republican president – I will work with anyone who is willing to work with me to get results and to make our great nation even greater.”

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Stephanie Murphy is an educator, businesswoman, and former national security specialist who is the Congresswoman-Elect for Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Stephanie currently works as an executive at Sungate Capital where she is responsible for leading investment efforts and implementing government affairs initiatives. She is also an instructor of business and social entrepreneurship at Rollins College. Previously, Stephanie served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children, Liem and Maya, ages six and two.

NEWS: National Experts Predict a Murphy Win in Florida Seventh

ORLANDO –Today, the nonpartisan Rothenberg and Gonzales Political Report moved the race rating in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District from “pure toss-up” to “toss-up/tilt Democratic.” They said, “Democrat Stephanie Murphy was a late entry into the race against GOP Rep. John Mica. But Democrats believe the race shifted 20 points in two months, and that Murphy is even with or even ahead of the congressman. Republicans admit Mica is in the fight of his life in a district Clinton looks poised to win, even though Romney carried it in 2012. Mica admitted to Politico that he didn’t have a campaign manager or a full-time press person. This seat looks ripe for the picking. Move from Pure Toss-Up to Toss-Up/Tilt Democratic.”

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“I am so proud of the support we’re receiving from people all across central Florida who are responding to our message of change, security and equality. National experts now agree that the momentum is on our side, and we are poised to win.

“With just a few days left until the election, every vote matters. I encourage everyone in central Florida to get out and vote during the early voting period from now until Sunday, November 6.”

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.

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NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Releases New TV Ad Featuring Barack Obama

ORLANDO –Today, businesswoman, educator and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy released a new television ad featuring Barack Obama, who calls on voters to support her campaign for Congress. Murphy, who is the Democratic nominee for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, announced Obama’s endorsement last week.

Click here to watch the ad.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“I’m proud to receive Barack Obama’s support in my campaign for change, security, and equality,” said Murphy. “In order to change Washington, we need to bring new voices to Congress. I’m fighting to strengthen our middle class, raise wages for American families, pass commonsense gun safety reform, and welcome a new prosperity for all Americans. I thank Barack Obama for his continual support of my campaign, and look forward to working in a bipartisan manner to bring change to Congress.”

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.

SCRIPT

President Obama:

To change Washington, we need a new approach.

That’s why we need Stephanie Murphy.

Her story could only happen in America.

Her family fled communist Vietnam by boat – when Stephanie was only a baby – and were rescued by the U.S. Navy.

She worked hard.  And after nine-eleven, Murphy became a recognized, national security specialist at the Department of Defense.

She’ll tackle the toughest problems head on.

Please join me in supporting Stephanie Murphy for Congress.

Stephanie Murphy:

I’m Stephanie Murphy and I approve this message.

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Stephanie Murphy is an educator, businesswoman, and former national security specialist who is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Stephanie currently works as an executive at Sungate Capital where she is responsible for leading investment efforts and implementing government affairs initiatives. She is also an instructor of business and social entrepreneurship at Rollins College. Previously, Stephanie served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children, Liem and Maya, ages six and two.

On 7-Year Anniversary of Hate Crimes Act, Stephanie Murphy Criticizes Mica for Putting His Politics Over People

ORLANDO – Seven years ago today, President Barack Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law – a sweeping measure that expanded the 1969 hate crime laws to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Congressman Mica voted against the law.

Matthew Shepard was a student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured, and murdered in 1996 because he was gay. James Byrd Jr. was an African-American male who was murdered in 1998 by three men because of his race.

“How many times can Congressman Mica vote against protecting all members of our community? Central Florida has had enough of Congressman Mica’s far-right, out-of-touch voting record,” said Murphy. “The Pulse shooting was not just a terrorist attack and the largest mass shooting in American history – it was also a hate crime – and Congressman Mica has voted time and again against cracking down on hate crimes. He has also twice voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Just what will it take for Congressman Mica to put the people of central Florida ahead of his own out-of-touch political agenda?”

According to the Human Rights Campaign, a crime motivated by the perpetrator’s bias against the victim occurs every hour in the United States.

BACKGROUND:

Congressman John Mica voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. [Roll Call 770, 08 October 2009]

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Stephanie Murphy is an educator, businesswoman, and former national security specialist who is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. Stephanie currently works as an executive at Sungate Capital where she is responsible for leading investment efforts and implementing government affairs initiatives. She is also an instructor of business and social entrepreneurship at Rollins College. Previously, Stephanie served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children, Liem and Maya ages five and two.

NEWS: Joe Biden Endorses Stephanie Murphy for Congress

ORLANDO – Today, former national security specialist and candidate for Congress Stephanie Murphy announced that she has received the endorsement of Joe Biden.

“I am proud to endorse Stephanie Murphy for Congress,” said Biden. “Having grown up watching her parents work long, hard hours just so she and her brother could be the first in their family to attend college, Stephanie will be a voice in Congress for the hardworking families of Central Florida and will expand their access to the American Dream. In Congress, I know Stephanie will work with both parties to end the gridlock and put people first, whether by fighting to end senseless gun violence or making sure our kids have every opportunity to succeed.”

“I am honored and proud to receive Joe Biden’s endorsement in my campaign for change, security, and equality,” said Murphy. “No leader understands the struggles of working families more than Joe Biden, and he’s always been their biggest champion. In Congress, I hope to continue Joe’s fight for a stronger middle class – bringing Democrats and Republicans together to raise wages, fight for women and families, and support our seniors and veterans.”

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.

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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.”

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