Gwen Graham

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Gwen Graham
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 2
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Gwen Graham is a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. She is running in the 2nd Congressional District of Florida.[1]

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) launched a new program in May 2013, dubbed the Jumpstart program, aimed at cultivating strong candidates in targeted districts for the 2014 elections. Graham was included on the list of eight Democratic challengers included in the program.[2] She also received the backing of the Blue Dog PAC.[3]

Graham is the daughter of former Florida Gov. Bob Graham.[2]


Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Graham urged Steve Southerland II to donate his congressional salary to charity until a budget is passed to keep the government open.[4]

“I think that would be the right statement to make, when literally hundreds of thousands of Americans aren’t being paid,” said Graham. “Southerland talks about special benefits not being available for members of Congress, and it is special to be able to behave like children and still keep their jobs.”[4]

Graham described the shutdown as a “human disaster,” citing it as a budgetary issue and not an issue with the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.[4]

“People are fed up with Congress acting like children,” she said. “We need to fund the government and get the doors back open, get the parks back open and get the people back to work.”[4]



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2014

Graham is running for election to the U.S. House, representing the 2nd Congressional District of Florida. Graham ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[1]

Graham is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which is designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[5]

The Jumpstart program sets out to “provide early financial, communications, operational and strategic support to help top-tier candidates get a head start in these highly-targeted races,” according to a memo sent to donors and supporters.[2] Eight Democrats have been included on a list for the program so far, including Graham.[2]

In the second quarter of reporting campaign finance contributions in 2013, the most financially competitive race was in District 2, where Graham drew $377,448 between April and June 2013, the best for any Florida congressional challenger.[6]


Graham was endorsed by the Blue Dog PAC on February 25, 2014.[3]

She also received endorsements from:


NRCC's August 2014 ad, "The DC Way."


See also: National Republican Congressional Committee

The National Republican Congressional Committee released an ad, "The DC Way," attacking Graham on August 12, 2014.[15]

“Gwen Graham is trying to deceive voters into thinking she is focused on North Florida. In reality, Gwen has taken thousands of dollars from Nancy Pelosi and has promised to be complacent in the battle against bad policies like Obamacare. One thing is very clear – Gwen Graham’s liberal politics are not the North Florida way.” said NRCC spokeswoman Katie Prill.[15]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Graham's reports.[16]

Gwen Graham (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$0.00$377,448.96$(73,492.79)$303,956.17
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2013$303,956.17$453,159.84$(91,128.09)$665,987.92
Year End[19]January 31, 2014$665,987$474,779$(91,262)$1,049,504
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$1,049,504$485,258$(120,480)$1,414,282
Running totals


Graham is the daughter of former Florida Gov. Bob Graham.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Miami Herald, "In daughter's Congress bid, Bob Graham co-host's big-name fundraiser at Brian Ballard home" accessed May 10, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Roll Call, "Democrats Launch New Program for House Recruits" accessed May 10, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Washington Post, "Centrist Dem ‘Blue Dogs’ endorse trio of House candidates," accessed February 26, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 News Herald, "Southerland: Shutdown fight a ‘moral issue’," accessed October 7, 2013
  5. Roll Call;, "Democrats Launch New Program for House Recruits," May 9, 2013
  6. Naples News, "Radel, Diaz-Balart begin building campaign accounts for 2014 re-election" accessed July 17, 2013
  7. WCTV, "Senator Bill Nelson Endorses Gwen Graham for Congress," accessed August 13, 2014
  8. Emily's List, "Gwen Graham," accessed August 13, 2014
  9. 4D PAC, "4D PAC Endorses Gwen Graham for Congress in FL-02," accessed August 13, 2014
  10. News Herald, "Firefighters union endorses Gwen Graham," accessed August 13, 2014
  11. Team LPAC, "2014 endorsements," accessed August 13, 2014
  12., "Gwen Graham to get NEA endorsement," accessed August 13, 2014
  13. Florida AFL CIO, "Endorsements," accessed August 13, 2014
  14. Committee for a Livable Future, "Candidates," accessed August 13, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 NRCC, "NRCC Releases New TV Ad Hitting Gwen Graham," accessed August 13, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Gwen Graham 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 4, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 29, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014