Patrick Murphy recognizes that environmental protection and a healthy economy are not mutually exclusive; rather a healthy environment helps the economy and creates jobs. Murphy most recently served as Vice President of Coastal Environmental Services, which specializes in disaster relief and environmental cleanup. Having spent six months in the Gulf of Mexico leading efforts to remove oil spilled during the BP oil disaster in 2010, he strongly supports protecting fragile coastal environments from reckless offshore drilling and exploration.
Believing in both the need to wean the U.S. off fossil fuels and create new energy industries, Murphy will strongly advocate for incentives for clean energy technologies and energy efficiency. In Congress, Murphy will be a staunch advocate for vital EPA environmental protections for air and water, and he will support legislation to limit carbon pollution.
Prior to joining Coastal Environmental Services, Murphy worked at the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche as a CPA, where he served as an external auditor of Fortune 500 companies.
Murphy joins the U.S. House after defeating one-term Representative Allen West, who received a score of 11% on LCV’s 2011 National Environmental Scorecard for his first year in Congress.
In his own words:
"I was raised on the beaches of South Florida and the protection of our natural resources is critically important to me. Good environmental policy isn't just morally correct - it's good business for America, and especially good for Florida. It preserves the economy, creates jobs, and protects Florida’s fragile ecosystems and tourism industry."
Source: Patrick Murphy Campaign Website