Stephanie Murphy

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Stephanie Murphy
Stephanie Murphy official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by John Mica
Personal details
Born Đặng Thị Ngọc Dung
(1978-09-16) September 16, 1978 (age 40)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Political party Democratic
Residence Winter Park, Florida, U.S.
Alma mater College of William & Mary (B.A.)
Georgetown University (M.S.)
Occupation Professor, business consultant, national security specialist
Website House website

Stephanie Murphy (born Đặng Thị Ngọc Dung; September 16, 1978) is an American business consultant, professor, and politician from the state of Florida. A member of the Democratic Party, she is a member of the United States House of Representatives for Florida's 7th congressional district, having defeated incumbent John Mica in 2016.

Early life

Stephanie Murphy was born Đặng Thị Ngọc Dung on September 16, 1978, in Ho Chi Minh City.[1] Her family fled Communist-controlled Vietnam in 1979 when she was six months old.[2] Their boat ran out of fuel and they were rescued by the United States Navy while at sea.[3][4] They settled in Northern Virginia, where she grew up.[5]

With the help of Pell Grants and student loans, Murphy attended the College of William & Mary, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. She then went to Georgetown University, graduating with a Master of Science degree in foreign service.[4][6]

Career

After the September 11 attacks, Murphy went to work for the United States Department of Defense as a national security specialist.[4][7] She worked as an executive on investment efforts and government affairs initiatives at Sungate Capital in Winter Park, Florida, and as a business professor at Rollins College.[6]

Murphy declared her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives for Florida's 7th congressional district in the 2016 elections. She ran against incumbent Republican John Mica in the general election on November 8, 2016.[5] She was endorsed by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.[4][8][9] Murphy defeated Mica, receiving 51% of the vote.[10] Murphy is the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to the United States Congress.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives

Tenure

Rep. Murphy was sworn into office on January 3, 2017. She is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.[11] She has urged the FBI to investigate various bomb threats against Jewish facilities.[12]

Committee assignments

Personal life

Murphy and her husband, Sean, have two children.[13]

See also

References

  1. "Candidate Conversation – Stephanie Murphy (D) – News & Analysis – The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report". Retrieved November 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Dunkelberger, Lloyd (October 24, 2016). "John Mica faces major challenge in redrawn district from Stephanie Murphy". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved November 12, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Bade, Rachel (November 1, 2016). "Top GOP congressman laughs his way to possible defeat". Politico. Retrieved November 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Hassan, Mohamed (November 8, 2016). "5 Things to Know About Stephanie Murphy, First Vietnamese-American Woman Elected to Congress". NBC News. Retrieved November 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Democrats find a challenger against Mica". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Stephanie Murphy files to run against John Mica in CD 7 – Florida Politics". Florida Politics. June 23, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Hackman, Michelle (October 23, 2016). "In Diversifying Florida District, a Challenge for the GOP". Retrieved November 9, 2016 – via Wall Street Journal.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Sentinel, Orlando. "Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy endorsed by Gabby Giffords". Retrieved November 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Barack Obama endorses Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy – Florida Politics". October 24, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Comas, Martin E. (November 8, 2016). "Political newcomer Murphy pulls stunner, unseats Mica; Demings defeats Lowe". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Powers, Scott. “Stephanie Murphy Joining Blue Dogs, New Democrats.” Florida Politics, 21 Dec. 2016, floridapolitics.com/archives/229291-stephanie-murphy-joining-blue-dogs-new-democrats. Accessed 27 Feb. 2017.
  12. Derby, Kevin. “Stephanie Murphy Leads Congressional Push for Feds to Investigate Threats to Jewish Centers.” Sunshine State News | Florida Political News, 27 Feb. 2017, www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/stephanie-murphy-leads-congressional-push-feds-investigate-threats-jewish-centers. Accessed 27 Feb. 2017.
  13. "EMILY's List Endorses Stephanie Murphy in Florida's 7th Congressional District". July 25, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Mica
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 7th congressional district

2017–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Paul Mitchell
R-Michigan
United States Representatives by seniority
414th
Succeeded by
Tom O'Halleran
D-Arizona