Stephen John Murphy was born in Dorchester and raised in Hyde Park with two sisters and a brother. His mother Marjorie Mitchell Murphy is a retired teacher's aide with the Boston Public School Department and his father Stephen Murphy is a retired Boston police officer and lawyer.
After graduating from the Boston Latin School (1975), Stephen attended Stonehill College where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration (1979). While at Stonehill, Stephen started working as a bus driver for Autobus, Inc. transporting special needs students to school. After graduation from college, Stephen worked full-time at Autobus, Inc. working his way up to General Manager and ultimately Vice President (1979 - 1984).
After Autobus, Inc. was sold; Stephen went from working in the private sector to public service, working in the Office of the President of the State Senate as a Budget Analyst, focusing on local aid issues (1985-1987). He then served as Executive Assistant in the Budget Office in the Attorney General's Office (1991), and as Assistant Personnel Director at the Secretary of State's Office (1993-1995).
Stephen took office as an At-Large member of the Boston City Council in 1997. During his time in office, , Stephen has served on many of the Council's committees. As Chair of the Committee on Public Safety, Councilor Murphy, with the help of Mayor Menino and his Council colleagues, was able to add 550 new Boston Police officers and 175 new Boston Fire Fighters, making Boston a safer place to live, work and visit. To ensure safety of the pedestrians of our well-known walking city, Councilor Murphy also led the charge for the installation of crosswalk countdown lights throughout the city.
He has also served as Chair of the Committees on Public Safety, Ways & Means, Government Operations, and Labor, as well as serving as Vice President of the City Council. Councilor Murphy was unanimously elected by his colleagues to lead the city council as its President for 2011.