John G. Murphy

Senior Vice President for International Policy

John G. Murphy directs the U.S. Chamber’s advocacy relating to international trade and investment policy. Since joining the Chamber in 1999, Murphy has led its successful campaigns to win congressional passage of trade agreements with a dozen nations, including Colombia, Panama, and South Korea in 2011, as well as Trade Promotion Authority in 2015. Murphy also plays a key role in the Chamber’s advocacy for international business priorities before Congress, the administration, foreign governments, and the World Trade Organization.

From 2001 to 2008, Murphy served as the Chamber’s Vice President for Western Hemisphere Affairs and as Executive Vice President of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA). In 2008, he received AACCLA’s Eagle of the Americas award, which is given annually to the individual who has “done the most to advance our mission of increased trade and investment between the United States and Latin America.” 

In 2021, he made Washingtonian’s inaugural Most Influential List, which highlights people who work tirelessly as advocates to change and improve the federal policies that have large impacts on people, states, businesses, foreign affairs, safety and security.

In the 1990s, Murphy worked at the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of democracy overseas, and at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), which champions market-oriented economic reform around the world. From 1992 to 1993, he was the first Western lecturer in economics at the National University of Economics in Czechoslovakia.

Murphy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he received his Master of Science degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He serves on the boards of the Global Business Dialogue, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and the Washington International Trade Foundation. He is fluent in Spanish.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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Senator Bernie Sanders Wants to Give Trade Negotiators' Playbook to Foreign Governments

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Congress: Plan Now to Avert UnCOOL Disaster

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Trade Pact to Slash Taxes on $1 Trillion in Tech Goods

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UnCOOL: Dispute with Canada, Mexico Could Cost U.S. Manufacturers, Farmers Billions

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A Tale of Two Countries: Venezuela, the United States, and International Investment

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Are India and China Ready to Lead on Trade?

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India’s Modi Should Take Yes for an Answer on WTO Trade Pact

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The High Cost of Japan’s Farm Protectionism (and How the TPP Can Help)

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One Weird Fact About the Trade Deficit No One Has Noticed

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What’s Pro-Growth, Pro-Environment, and Took Its First Step Today?

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In Pursuit of a Tech Trade Breakthrough with China

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A Brighter Outlook for World Trade Month

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is kicking off World Trade Month this morning with testimony before the Senate Finance Committee on the administration’s trade agenda. He may find it an easier sell than in the past: Americans are increasingly bullish on trade.

NAFTA Myths and Realities

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We Can’t Stand Still: The Case for Trade Promotion Authority

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“When ninety-eight percent of our exporters are small businesses,” he said, “new trade partnerships with Europe and the Asia-Pacific will help them create more jobs.”

10 Reasons to Reinstate Trade Promotion Authority

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