Stephanie Murphy (D-FL-07)

Stephanie Murphy

Stephanie Murphy is running for reelection in the 2018 election to continue representing Florida’s 7thdistrict in the House of Representatives. She has also worked in education, business, and national security. On August 28, she will run against challenger Chardo Richardson in the Democratic primary, and the winner will run against the Republican primary winner in the general election on November 6.

Background and Achievements

Stephanie Murphy lived in Communist Vietnam until her family fled when she was six months old. The U.S. Navy rescued them at sea, and when they arrived in the U.S., her parents worked hard to send both children to college. She received a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Before her Congressional election win in 2016, Murphy taught at Rollins College in her district and worked as a strategy consultant for Deloitte Consulting. She also worked as a national security specialist for the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. In the community, Murphy has held roles with Support Our Scholars, helping young women from disadvantaged backgrounds complete college, and with Creative City Project, helping make the performing arts more accessible to communities. She currently lives in Winter Park with her husband and children.

Positions on Key Issues

  • Believes in equal pay for equal work and paid family and medical leave
  • Advocates for women’s health and family planning rights
  • Supports raising the minimum wage
  • Supports early childhood education and lower student loan interest rates
  • Believes in comprehensive immigration reform
  • Supports Medicaid expansion and more affordable healthcare
  • Advocates for alternative and renewable energy
  • Supports commonsense gun safety legislation

Prospects & Opponents

Incumbent Stephanie Murphy will run against challenger Chardo Richardson in the Democratic Primary on August 28. The winner will run in the November 6 general election against the Republican primary winner. Murphy won her 2016 election by 3 points, and Hillary Clinton won by 7 points in the district. The Cook Political Report rates the election as likely Democratic.


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