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Stephanie Murphy

Former United States Congresswoman, Florida’s 7 th District

Stephanie Murphy is a businesswoman, policy expert, and former U.S. Congresswoman. The first
Vietnamese American woman ever to be elected to the US House of Representatives, Murphy was known as an effective legislator cutting through partisan gridlock to establish an exceptional record of legislative success during her three terms (2017- 2023). As a testament to her results-oriented approach, she is widely credited for the establishment of the Employee Retention Credit which was a key support for businesses and workers during the pandemic, the passage of gun safety law in a Republican-controlled Washington, and historic investments in infrastructure
and energy independence. Murphy also built a reputation as a leading voice on trade and national security issues. Prior to serving in Congress, Murphy’s career included business experience in strategy consulting and investment management. She has also been a college instructor, and a national security specialist at the Department of Defense. As a refugee who escaped communism, rescued by the US Navy and given a chance at the American Dream, her
journey from poverty to policymaking is both improbable and inspiring. Murphy earned a B.A. in
Economics from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in Foreign Service from
Georgetown University.

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