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Michael Murphy
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Michael Murphy

The man behind some of America's most successful political campaigns, Mike Murphy gives an unvarnished and honest look at the Trump Administration, Congress and today's political environment.
Political Strategist, Political Analyst for NBC News and former Columnist, TIME

Expertise In:

  • American Politics
  • U.S. Current Events
  • Election Forecast and Analysis
  • U.S. Health Care Policy
  • Communication

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Board Meetings and Executive Briefings
  • Colleges and Universities
  • The Professional Services Industry

When Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney decided to run for governor, they called Mike Murphy. Murphy’s phone rang because he has a proven track record—26 gubernatorial and senatorial wins. Murphy, the man behind John McCain’s famous “Straight Talk Express,” gives audiences an unvarnished, honest look at American's political scene. Called a “media master” by Fortune magazine, Murphy has a humorous and engaging style that both informs and entertains. A leading television pundit, Murphy is a vocal leader in the discussion of how to reform the Republican party after back to back Presidential defeats. Murphy’s work has caught the eye of corporate America, where he has advised a variety of Fortune 500 companies on policy, public relations and issues of strategic importance. Murphy is also co-director of the bipartisan Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California where he leads projects studying the intersection of new technologies and politics. Frequently quoted in the national meda, Murphy appears regularly on NBC and MSNBC as a political analyst and is a former columnist for TIME maigazine. Murphy also serves as a Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, JFK School of Government at Harvard University, and serves on the boards of the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Featured Videos

Michael Murphy's Speech Topics

Campaign 2020: High Stakes, Low Roads, and Big Surprises Ahead!

As the most outrageous, expensive and wild Presidential campaign in American History bears down upon us — whether we like it or not — veteran GOP Strategist Mike Murphy breaks it all down as only a real insider who’s been behind the curtain in American politics really can. The lead consultant for Sen. John McCain’s 2000 Straight Talk Express, Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Recall, as well as for numerous other GOP leaders like Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and and many more, Murphy gives a highly informed and hilariously entertaining back room look at how campaigns and politics really work. A veteran of five Republican Presidential campaigns and dozens of successful Senate and Gubernatorial races, Murphy has an entertaining style that both entertains and informs. He’ll analyze the dynamics of the 2020 race: the personalities of Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the changing demographics of America, the tactics and political tricks each campaign has planned as well the key issues: health care, foreign policy, the economy, COVID-19, race relations and more. Debates? October suprizes, the impact of the internet and the danger of foreign interference… Murphy covers it all, mixing hilarious stories of his practical experience, with academic insight. A former Senior Fellow of the Belfer Center at the Harvard JFK School, Murphy is a long time analyst for NBC News, a former TIME magazine columnist and the co-director of the USC Center for the political future, as well as a founding board member for the University of Chicago institute of Politics. His weekly “Hacks on Tap” podcast with his 25 year Democrat friend David Axelrod has become one of America's most respected and listened to political podcasts.

The Rough and Tumble of Global Politics: Exploring Today’s Hot Button Issues and High-Stakes Hotspots

North Korea. Russia. China. Mexico. Brexit. We read about the big things happening in World Events nearly every day. But how do we make sense of it all?  Veteran political strategist and TV pundit Mike Murphy is the rare expert who understands both World and U.S. Politics and how they intersect.

Murphy, a former Senior Fellow at the Harvard JFK School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, is a veteran political consultant. Over his career, he’s served as a top strategist for dozens of leading American politicians – including John McCain, George H.W. Bush, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jeb Bush, and many more Senators and Governors. He’s also advised foreign leaders in Latin America, Europe, and Canada.

In these remarks, Murphy breaks down the events of the day. Combining deep insight with his witty and informative approach, he makes even the most complicated foreign policy issues easily understood. Audiences will both learn and laugh as Murphy takes them on journey around the globe. Starting in the Halls of Power in Washington, he touches base at each of the biggest and most high-stakes hotspots around the globe. Murphy will also cover how public opinion both shapes and reacts to the world stage in the rough and tumble of American Presidential politics. Entertaining and insightful, Murphy’s exploration of today’s hot button issues reveal both the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Lessons from the Campaign War Room: Developing a Winning Corporate Strategy

Veteran strategist Mike Murphy shows business audiences how successful campaigns build a strategy, message and tactics in a do-or-die atmosphere with low budgets and cynical consumers. Designed for boards of directors and executives, Murphy's presentation is customized, based on extensive experience with Fortune 500 firms. 

Murphy shares:

  • How a company can benefit from the same tried-and-true strategies used by campaign consultants
  • How to evaluate corporate strategy and adjust as the market demands
  • How online grassroots social marketing is not a new concept in the political world and how to use it successfully to grow revenues

Decade of Decision: The Growing Storm in Health-Care Politics

No issue vexes American politics more than health-care policy. Veteran political insider Mike Murphy analyzes how—from the health-care battles of the Clinton Administration to Obamacare and the current war over its repeal—health-care policy has become the new third rail of American politics. He’ll look at how both parties struggle to navigate the reality of health-care policy, as well as how the changing demographics and the growing technology revolution that hospitals, pharma, and insurers face is both an opportunity and a challenge as congressional and administration leaders struggle to create real, lasting health-care reform. A longtime adviser to presidential, senatorial, and gubernatorial campaigns, Murphy knows how politics really works. And as a consultant to health-care providers, he understands the challenges facing every part of the industry. An entertaining, ideologically balanced pundit, Murphy’s funny and insightful style will both entertain and inform audiences about what he believes is the most important domestic issue of the next decade.

Works by Michael Murphy