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Rep. Stephanie Murphy, Statement for the Congressional Record, Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and Honoring Amy Mercado

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Washington, October 8, 2021 | comments

Mr. Speaker:

As part of our national celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, I am paying tribute to Floridians who have made outstanding contributions to our community and our country. 

Today I rise to honor Amy Mercado.

Amy was born and raised in the Bronx.  Her mother, Carmen, was a New York City Police Officer, while her father, Victor, was a New York City Transit Police Detective.  Amy and her family moved to Central Florida in 1996.

In 2004, Amy earned her bachelor’s degree from American Intercontinental University and later earned her Executive MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University.  She worked in health care at Florida Hospital Orlando, now Advent Health.  Amy has also served as the Director of Operations for a U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Program.  Beyond these roles, Amy has worked in other diverse industries, including management, operations, and legal services.

In 2016, the people of House District 48 elected Amy to represent them in the Florida House of Representatives.  She was subsequently re-elected in 2018.  In 2020, Amy was elected to the office of Orange County Property Appraiser and is the first Latina ever to serve in this role.

Amy has continued to positively impact Central Florida through her public service and community activism.

I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring and celebrating Amy Mercado.

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