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Stephanie Murphy retiring from Congress

By: - December 20, 2021 3:55 pm

Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy. Source: Murphy Twitter feed

Stephanie Murphy, a centrist Democrat who serves on the committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol invasion, will not seek reelection to the Central Florida U.S. House seat she has held since 2017.

Murphy, the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress, announced her decision via a video posted Monday on social media.

“Public service is not without personal sacrifice and, as a mom with two young children, my time away from them has been hard for them, for me, and for our family,” Murphy said.

“So I wanted to share with you that I will not be seeking another term as your representative in Congress.”

Although a redistricting plan proposed by a Florida House committee would carve up her district to her distinct disadvantage, Murphy insisted in her video that she entertained no “fear of losing reelection.”

“I still strongly believe in a citizen Congress, where ordinary citizens run for office in search of duty and service, not in search of a career,” she said. “And I never intended my time in Congress to become a career.”

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Michael Moline
Michael Moline

Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.