On Monday, July 17, 2017, the Hispanic Chamber welcomed U. S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy as the featured speaker for its Civic Advocacy Series. Congresswoman Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. 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.
During her visit with the Hispanic Chamber membership, Congresswoman Murphy recognized the important cultural and economic contributions of the Hispanic community in Central Florida. In addition, she shared that 25 percent of her constituents, or 180,000 out of 740,000, are of Hispanic heritage, including approximately 100,000 Puerto Ricans. Congresswoman Murphy also elaborated on her immediate interest to seek improved federal policy affecting the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
In addition, Congresswoman Murphy elaborated on the growth of Hispanic-owned businesses in our region producing an estimated $5.3 billion in total annual sales, and highlighted her efforts in DC to support small business by serving on the House Small Business Committee, and serving as ranking member of the subcommittee that oversees federal contracting programs designed to assist small firms sell goods and services to federal agencies. Congresswoman Murphy elaborated on a number of bills she has authored to strengthen the federal Small Business Administration’s capital, counseling, contracting and disaster assistance. Other topics addressed by the Congresswoman included federal tax reform, health care reform, the ELEVATE ACT, among others.
By: Maritza Martinez, University of Central Florida