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|U.S. House, Florida, District 9|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Gus M. Bilirakis (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2007|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|U.S. House, Florida, District 8|
|Birthday||March 13, 1958|
|Place of birth||New York City, New York|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Campaign Themes
- 4.2 Voting Record
- 4.3 Controversy
- 4.4 Legislative actions
- 5 Overview
- 6 National security
- 7 Economy
- 8 Immigration
- 9 Healthcare
- 10 Social issues
- 10.1 Elections
- 10.2 Analysis
- 10.3 Campaign donors
- 10.4 Recent news
- 10.5 External links
- 10.6 References
Alan Mark Grayson (b. March 13, 1958, in New York City, New York) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Florida's 9th congressional district. Grayson won election to the U.S. House on November 6, 2012.
Grayson is one of nine individuals elected to the U.S. House in 2012 who had prior congressional experience, and one of five House Democrats ousted in 2010 to make a successful comeback bid two years later.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Grayson is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
- PhD, Government, Harvard University
- MA, Government, Harvard University
- JD, Harvard University
- BA, Harvard University
After several years in the telecommunications industry, Grayson returned to the practice of law at his firm, Grayson & Kubli.
Grayson serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa
- Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Subcommittee on Environment
- War Profiteering
- Health Care
- Financial Industry
- Campaign Finance
Frequency of Voting with Democratic Leadership
According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009 to June 16, 2010, Grayson has voted with the House Democratic leadership 97.6% of the time. That same analysis reported that he had voted with party leadership 98.6% of the time in 2010.
Washington Post Analysis
A separate analysis from The Washington Post, concluded that he votes 98.3% of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.
Derogatory comment about Linda Robertson
In October 2009, Grayson called Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake's advisor Linda Robertson a "whore." Grayson later apologized, saying, "I offer my sincere apology to Linda Robertson, an adviser to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. I did not intend to use a term that is often, and correctly, seen as disrespectful of women.”
Death threat and comments about Republicans
In March 2010, Grayson told a radio show host that a woman had called his home and threatened his life over his support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Grayson then compared the Republican Party to Nazis, saying "Well, I think that's what they said about the burning of the Reichstag, if I recall correctly."
"Taliban Dan" ad
During Grayson's 2010 campaign, he aired an ad that referred to his Republican opponent, Daniel Webster, as "Taliban Dan." According to Factcheck.org, the ad "used edited video to make his rival appear to be saying the opposite of what he really said."
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Grayson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American response in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
Grayson outright opposes any intervention in Syria.
"We are not the world's policemen. That is not our responsibility...The secretary certainly overstated the evidence that this was a deliberate decision made by the high command in Syria," said Grayson.
Grayson was referring to Secretary of State John Kerry's comments on August 27, 2013, when he said that evidence "strongly indicates" chemical weapons were used in the attack on a Damascus suburb that reportedly killed and wounded more than 3,000 people. Kerry added, "we know the Syrian regime maintains custody" of such weapons and has the rockets to use them.
"If the United Nations decides to authorize members including the United States to do something about that, then that is a bridge we can cross at that point. But just because the United Nations inspectors would come and say chemical weapons were used, without even identifying whether it was a high command decision on that subject or even who did it, no, that doesn't satisfy me at all," said Grayson.
Grayson said the Obama administration has not explained why a U.S. strike in Syria affects vital American interest. "I think the only people who really want it to happen are the military industrial complex. I just don't understand how this involves us, Americans. The British had estimated the strike will cost Americans billions of dollars ... And at a time when the budgets are so tight, and we're cutting veterans' benefits, and we're cutting education, and we're cutting health care, why are we spending billions of dollars?...I don't know where we got this odd notion that every time we see something bad happen in the world, we should bomb it," said Grayson.
Obama told PBS August 28, 2013, that the situation in Syria does affect the U.S., saying, "You are not only breaking international norms and standards of decency, but you're also creating a situation where U.S. national interests are affected. And that needs to stop."
"I don't see how this tragedy, it's a tragedy, affects U.S. national interests," Grayson said in response, adding that "the highest norm in international law is that you don't attack another country unilaterally without the authorization of the United Nations."
Grayson supported the "Cap and Trade" bill. Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.
Grayson voted in favor of the health care reform bill. 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.
Grayson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 9th District. Grayson won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was May 7, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Grayson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He was elected on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Florida District 9 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
On November 2, 2010, Daniel Webster won election to the United States House. He defeated Alan Grayson (D), Pag Dunmire (I), Georgia L. Metcalfe (I) and Steven J. Gerritzen (I) in the general election.
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Grayson most often votes with:
Grayson least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Grayson missed 43 of 1,744 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 2.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Grayson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $24,137,081 and $85,510,000. That averages to $54,823,540, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 41.61% from 2010.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Alan Grayson has voted with the Democratic Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 55th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Comprehensive donor information for Grayson is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Grayson raised a total of $13,902,928 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.
|Alan Grayson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (Florida, District 9)||$4,676,186|
|2010||U.S. House (Florida, District )||$5,928,282|
|2008||U.S. House (Florida, District 8)||$3,298,460|
|Grand Total Raised||$13,902,928|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Grayson's reports.
|Alan Grayson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
Grayson won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Grayson's campaign committee raised a total of $4,676,186 and spent $4,634,161. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Grayson spent $28.10 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 9th Congressional District, 2012 - Alan Grayson Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$147,112|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$148,812|
|Top contributors to Alan Grayson's campaign committee|
|Amalgamated Transit Union||$10,000|
|American Assn for Justice||$10,000|
|American Federation of Teachers||$10,000|
|American Postal Workers Union||$10,000|
|International Assn of Fire Fighters||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$63,500|
|Building Trade Unions||$33,000|
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Gus M. Bilirakis (R)
|U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 9
| Succeeded by|
Ric Keller (R)
|U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 8
| Succeeded by|
Daniel Webster (R)
- AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- U.S. House "Full Biography" Accessed June 11, 2013
- Huffington Post "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," February 16, 2012
- The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," December 8, 2012
- The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," November 18, 2012
- Project Vote Smart "Biography" Accessed June 11, 2013
- National Journal "Florida, 9th House"
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- A Line of Sight "2010 House Dem Voting Report"
- Washington Post "U.S. Congress Votes Database, 111th Congress"
- Politico "Grayson apologizes for 'whore' remark," October 27, 2009
- Talking Points Memo "Grayson Threatened, Compares GOP To Nazis," March 29, 2010
- CBS ""Taliban Dan" Ad Spurs Debate Over Dan Webster," September 28, 2010
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- CNN.com, "Rep. Grayson on U.S. striking Syria: We are not the world's policeman," accessed September 2, 2013
- US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
- Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
- US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
- Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
- US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
- Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
- US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
- Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
- wdbo.com "Grayson won't comment on Redistricting" Accessed December 15, 2011
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- Gov Track "Alan Grayson," Accessed June 11, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Alan Grayson," Accessed July 31, 2013
- GovTrack, "Alan Grayson," Accessed March 29, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Grayson (D-Fla), 2011
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- Open Secrets "Alan Grayson" Accessed April 5, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Alan Grayson 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 19, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 19, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 19, 2013
- Open Secrets "Alan Grayson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
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