Biden Taps Construction Industry Leader to Join His Export Council on Trade

MIAMI—U.S. President Joe Biden has tapped construction industry leader and former Congressman Patrick Murphy to sit on a White House advisory committee overseeing international trade.

The President’s Export Council advises Biden with direct feedback on how U.S. trade policies affect business sectors.The 25-member board features top leaders from labor, real estate, national security, law, and Fortune 200 companies. Murphy will serve alongside the heads of Citigroup, United Airlines, CVS, FedEx and 3M to name a few.

"I am honored to serve on the President's Export Council and be a voice for the construction industry," said Patrick Murphy. "As someone who has always been passionate about economic growth and job creation, I am excited to have the opportunity to work with this talented group of individuals to promote American exports and help create new opportunities for businesses and workers across the country."

Murphy is the Chief Investment Officer of Coastal Construction Group, one of the largest general contractors in the Southeast U.S. He is founder and CEO of Togal.AI, an artificial intelligence company that automates the estimating process in construction.

“Trade is one of the biggest factors affecting the price and quality of construction across the nation,” Murphy added. “It’s critical that we work together to come up with policies that make sense to position the construction industry for success.”

Elected to Congress in 2012, Murphy was one of the first millennials to serve in the U.S. House, representing Palm Beach & Treasure Coast. He served on the House Select Committee on Intelligence and the Financial Services Committee. Notable achievements include securing nearly $2 billion for restoration of The Everglades, introducing the SAVE Act aimed at eliminating billions in wasteful government spending, and passing legislation reforming the national flood insurance market. 

Murphy was the Democratic nominee for Senate in 2016. After leaving office, he was named Chairman of the Future Forum Foundation, a nonprofit that works with Congress and the private sector to address the future of work.

His appointment to the Export Council comes as the Biden administration seeks to reinvigorate American exports and promote trade policies to support economic growth.

"I am confident that with Patrick’s leadership and expertise, the President's Export Council will be well-positioned to help promote American exports and support job creation through trade," said Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. "I look forward to working with him and the rest of the council to advance our shared goals.

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