‘Not an easy decision’: Stephanie Murphy says she won’t seek reelection

WINTER PARK, Fla. — U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy announced that she will not seek reelection for a fourth term.

Murphy is currently representing Florida’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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“I strongly believe in a citizen Congress, where ordinary citizens run for office in search of duty and service, not in search of a career. And I never intended my time in Congress to become a career,” Murphy said in an announcement video. “These last few years have been some of the most rewarding moments of my life, but also some of the most challenging. Public service is not without personal sacrifice. And as a mom of two young children, my time away from them has been hard. So, I wanted to share with you that I will not be seeking another term as your representative in Congress. This was not an easy decision, but it was the right decision.”

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According to a release, Murphy said while she is not done with public service, she wants to spend more time with her family and find new ways to give back to her country.

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“I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together over these last five years,” said Murphy. “I am most proud that through it all — whether the Democrats were in charge or the Republicans, whether under President Trump or President Biden — I was consistently named one of the most bipartisan and effective Members of Congress. Because from day one, I have always put people over politics.”

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.