Steve Murphy has worked to elect Democrats since 1976, when he started with the Jimmy Carter for President campaign in Natchez, Mississippi on January 3. He went on to run Wilson Goode’s first race for Mayor of Philadelphia in 1983 and Dick Gephardt’s successful Iowa Caucus campaign in 1988. Steve also served as Executive Director of the U.S. House Democratic Caucus in the late eighties.
In 1990, he joined the Democratic media firm Fenn-King Communications as an associate. In 1996 he co-founded Murphy Putnam Media, and in 2011 co-founded MVAR Media.
Steve’s winning clients include Governors Ralph Northam, Andrew Cuomo, John Hickenlooper, Phil Bredesen, Brad Henry, Bob Holden, Ruth Ann Minner, Bill Richardson, and Brian Schweitzer; Senators Jacky Rosen, Tom Udall, Bob Casey and Mark Begich; as well as numerous Members of Congress, mayors, and constitutional officers.
Earlier in his career Steve managed or worked for over twenty political campaigns across the United States. From January 2003 through January 2004, Steve served as Campaign Manager for Dick Gephardt for President.
Steve has been profiled by both the New York Times Magazine and NBC Nightly News for the roles he has played in presidential campaigns.
Steve graduated from the University of Delaware and served two years as a VISTA volunteer on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Steve resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife Lori Lafave, a Democratic fundraising consultant, and their son Cian (key-an) and daughter Ceara (keer-ah). Steve also has a daughter, Deirdre, and a son, Eugene, from a previous marriage.