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.

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