NEWS: Murphy Re-Elected to U.S. House for Third Term

Pledges to Continue Working in Bipartisan Manner to Help Unite the Country

WINTER PARK, FLA. – Voters in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District tonight re-elected U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy to a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Murphy, who was first elected in 2016 after defeating then-Congresswoman John Mica, released a video thanking her supporters and pledging to continue working with both parties to help heal and unite the country.

Click here to watch and download the video.

TRANSCRIPT:

“Good evening, Central Florida. I’m Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, and my heart is so full tonight. I am incredibly grateful that you – the voters of Central Florida – voted to let me serve another term as your Congresswoman – serving as your voice in our nation’s capital. It is an absolute honor and privilege, and I am humbled by the faith and trust you put in me once again.

My opponent called me tonight and conceded. I wish him and his family all the best.

As many of you know, my family and I came from a country that did not have free and fair elections. So I am in awe every time I see my name on a ballot. I realize how lucky I am to be an American; to put forth my own ideas; to debate my opponents; and to hold my government accountable.

This election is about the future, and our campaign’s message of jobs, security, and opportunity clearly resonated. Instead of running on fear or misinformation, we stayed positive. We didn’t rely on dark money to smear our opponents; we talked about our values and offered a plan for the future.

Now I know “message” alone doesn’t win a campaign; it requires an army of supporters to help get that message out. That’s where you delivered. So, whether you gave $50, or made 50 calls, or texted 50 people, or dropped off 50 flyers at homes around Central Florida…from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

This pandemic forced us to campaign in a new way. And so we got creative, and we got to work. And for that…I will always be grateful. The best campaigns are people-powered, and I am so proud of this campaign and what we achieved together.

Thank you to my amazing congressional and campaign staff who give it their all day in and day out. And an extra special thank you to Chip and Drake for all you did to help us win.

To my husband, Sean; my two kids; my entire family, and my friends — thank you for your love and support. It’s never easy to run for office, and it’s even harder to serve. Thank you for your sacrifice and your neverending faith in me. It’s what keeps me going.

But this election isn’t about me. It’s about our future. It’s about you and your family’s future. And we face a lot of uncertainty in the future. But please let me offer you this certainty: whether you voted for me or not…I will listen to you. I will fight for you. And I will continue work with whoever it takes to put politics aside and get results.

We are going to create more and better-paying jobs and support our small businesses.

We are going to fight for a more secure future, free from the pandemic and free from gun violence.

And we are going to work tirelessly so that every family has a fair shot and an equal opportunity to get ahead.

But we can only do these things if we come together not as Democrats, Republicans, or Independents, but if we come together as Americans.

As we move past this historic election, we need less partisanship and more patriotism. That’s my pledge to you:  to always put people over politics and results over rhetoric.

Thank you Central Florida for your faith in me. I will not let you down.”

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First elected in 2016, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes portions of Orange County and all of Seminole County, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously, Stephanie was a businesswoman, college instructor, and 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. She is the first Vietnamese-American woman ever elected to Congress and the first woman to represent this congressional district. She lives in Winter Park with her husband, Sean, and her two young children.

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