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NEWS: Murphy Appointed to Influential House Ways and Means Committee

Chief-tax writing committee has jurisdiction over taxes, Medicare and Social Security, and trade

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Washington, January 9, 2019 | Jonathan Uriarte | comments

As she begins her second term representing Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., today announced her appointment to the influential Ways and Means Committee—the chief tax-writing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Committee has jurisdiction over issues that directly affect the people of central Florida, including taxes, critical federal programs like Medicare and Social Security, and trade. Murphy will be the only Florida Democrat on the committee this Congress, and the first one to sit on the committee since 2010. Prior to this year, only 19 women have served on the Ways and Means Committee since its creation in 1795.

“I am proud to serve on the Ways and Means Committee, where I will have an important opportunity to help Florida families, farmers, businesses, and seniors,” said Murphy. “It’s crucial that Florida—our nation’s third largest state—has a strong voice on this influential committee working to strengthen our economy, secure our nation, and protect the promises we’ve made to our seniors. In particular, at a time when rising trade tensions continue to directly impact tourism, agriculture, travel, and our state’s overall economy, I will utilize my experiences in the private sector and at the Pentagon – where I helped negotiate bilateral security agreements—to find bipartisan cooperation that moves our nation forward.”

The Committee on Ways and Means is the oldest committee in Congress, and derives its influence from the constitutional requirement that all legislation that raises revenue must originate from the House. It is an exclusive committee, meaning Members who serve on the committee typically do not serve on other committees. During her first two years in Congress, Murphy served on the Armed Services Committee and the Small Business Committee. Over the next two years, Murphy will serve in two key leadership positions in the 116th Congress: co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 24 pragmatic Democrats focused on fiscal responsibility and a strong national defense, and chair of Future Forum, an influential group of young House Democrats who advocate for issues and opportunities important to younger Americans.

During her first term in Congress, Murphy was named the most effective member of her freshman class and one of the most independent members of Congress. To learn more about Murphy’s accomplishments, click here.


U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Small Business Committee. The district includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida. Previously, Murphy was a businesswoman and college instructor who also served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Murphy lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.

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