ORLANDO – Today, Stephanie Murphy announced her campaign for Florida’s 7th Congressional District. Stephanie is a wife, mother, professor, executive and former national security specialist at the Department of Defense who currently lives in Winter Park, Florida.
“My life’s story is a testament to the American Dream and what can happen when hard work is combined with opportunity,” said Murphy. “My family and I were Vietnamese refugees, and my parents worked multiple jobs to provide for our family. My brother and I were the first in our family to go to college thanks to scholarships and Pell Grants. I want to bring my experience to Washington on behalf of Central Florida’s families to create more educational and economic opportunities so that everyone has a chance at the American dream,” said Murphy.
Stephanie was an infant when her parents escaped by boat from the communist regime in Vietnam. Upon earning a degree from the College of William & Mary, she joined Deloitte Consulting. After 9/11, Stephanie went back to graduate school at Georgetown to follow her heart into public service. She received a Presidential Management Fellowship, which led her into a number of policy roles at the Department of Defense. In 2008, Stephanie moved to Orlando to return to a career in business and focus on starting a family.
“It’s clear that families in Central Florida need Washington working on their behalf to create opportunities for them and their children. With my experience in national security, the business world, and academia, I will bring a strong set of skills and a unique combination of perspectives to Washington to work in the interest of my community,” Murphy continued.
Stephanie is currently a business professor at Rollins College, an executive at Sungate Capital and remains active in her community. She has worked with numerous organizations and served on both local and national boards, including term membership on the Council of Foreign Relations, and as a volunteer with Support Our Scholars, an organization that helps economically challenged women attend and complete college.