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Grayson introduced H.R. 1346, the “Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2013,” to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour and index it to inflation.<ref>[http://www.norwichbulletin.com/Opinion/x1843587296/Letter-Where-is-Rep-Joe-Courtney-on-the-minimum-wage-issue#ixzz2emlDa3vm ''Norwich Bulletin,'' "Letter: Where is Rep. Joe Courtney on the minimum wage issue?," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>
Grayson introduced H.R. 1346, the “Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2013,” to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour and index it to inflation.<ref>[http://www.norwichbulletin.com/Opinion/x1843587296/Letter-Where-is-Rep-Joe-Courtney-on-the-minimum-wage-issue#ixzz2emlDa3vm ''Norwich Bulletin,'' "Letter: Where is Rep. Joe Courtney on the minimum wage issue?," accessed September 13, 2013]</ref>

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Alan Grayson
Alan Grayson.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 9
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorGus M. Bilirakis (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2007
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$13,902,928
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Florida, District 8
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Harvard University
Date of birthMarch 13, 1958
Place of birthNew York City, New York
Net worth$54,823,540
Office website
Campaign website
Alan Grayson campaign logo

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.[1][2]

Grayson previously served in District 8 of the U.S. House from 2008 to 2010.[3]

In February 2012, the grassroots organization Democracy for America, founded by Howard Dean, named Grayson one of the top 10 progressive candidates in the 2012 U.S. House races.[4]

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.[5][6]

He is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.The general election took place November 4, 2014.

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


In the early 1990s, Grayson co-founded an internet/telecom company, IDT Corporation, that pioneered discount pricing in the long-distance telecommunications industry.[8][3]

After several years in the telecommunications industry, Grayson returned to the practice of law at his firm, Grayson & Kubli.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Grayson serves on the following committees:[9]


Campaign Themes


  • War Profiteering
  • Health Care
  • Financial Industry
  • Economy
  • Education
  • GOP
  • Campaign Finance

Voting Record

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.[10] 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.[11]


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.”[12]

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."[13]

"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."[14]

Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[15] For more information pertaining to Grayson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[16]

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Grayson outright opposes any intervention in Syria.[17]

"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.[17]

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.[17]

"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.[17]

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.[17]

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."[17]

"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."[17]

Grayson voted for the stimulus bill.[18] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [19]

Grayson also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[20] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[21]

Grayson supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[22] 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.[23]

Grayson voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[24] 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.[25]

Minimum wage

Grayson introduced H.R. 1346, the “Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2013,” to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour and index it to inflation.[26]



See also: Florida's 9th congressional district elections, 2014

Grayson is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Florida's 9th congressional district elections, 2012

Grayson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 9th District. Grayson won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[27] 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.[1] He was elected on November 6, 2012.[28]

U.S. House, Florida District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Grayson 62.5% 164,891
     Republican Todd Long 37.5% 98,856
Total Votes 263,747
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.[29]

U.S. House, Florida District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Webster 56.1% 123,586
     Democratic Alan Grayson incumbent 38.2% 84,167
     Tea Party Peg Dunmire 3.8% 8,337
     Independent George L. Metcalfe 1.9% 4,143
     Independent Steven J. Gerritzen 0% 11
Total Votes 220,244

Full history


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Grayson is a " rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 11 2013.[31]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[32]

Grayson most often votes with:

Grayson least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[33]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


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.[34]

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


Alan Grayson voted with the Democratic Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 55th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[35]

Campaign donors

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.[36]

Alan Grayson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 9) Won $4,676,186
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District ) Defeated $5,928,282
2008 U.S. House (Florida, District 8) Won $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.[37]

Alan Grayson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]4/15/2013$42,358.19$164,460.61$(127,492.44)$79,326.36
July Quarterly[39]7/15/2013$79,326.36$339,107.95$(180,516)$237,918.31
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Grayson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[40] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[41]

Cost per vote

Grayson spent $28.10 per vote received in 2012.

Recent news

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gus M. Bilirakis (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 9
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ric Keller (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 8
Succeeded by
Daniel Webster (R)
  1. 1.0 1.1 AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 U.S. House "Full Biography" Accessed June 11, 2013
  4. Huffington Post "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," February 16, 2012
  5. The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," December 8, 2012
  6. The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," November 18, 2012
  7. Project Vote Smart "Biography" Accessed June 11, 2013
  8. National Journal "Florida, 9th House"
  9. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  10. A Line of Sight "2010 House Dem Voting Report"
  11. Washington Post "U.S. Congress Votes Database, 111th Congress"
  12. Politico "Grayson apologizes for 'whore' remark," October 27, 2009
  13. Talking Points Memo "Grayson Threatened, Compares GOP To Nazis," March 29, 2010
  14. CBS ""Taliban Dan" Ad Spurs Debate Over Dan Webster," September 28, 2010
  15. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  16. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 CNN.com, "Rep. Grayson on U.S. striking Syria: We are not the world's policeman," accessed September 2, 2013
  18. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  19. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  20. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  21. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  22. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  23. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  24. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  25. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  26. Norwich Bulletin, "Letter: Where is Rep. Joe Courtney on the minimum wage issue?," accessed September 13, 2013
  27. wdbo.com "Grayson won't comment on Redistricting" Accessed December 15, 2011
  28. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Gov Track "Alan Grayson," Accessed June 11, 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "Rep. Alan Grayson," Accessed July 31, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "Alan Grayson," Accessed March 29, 2013
  34. OpenSecrets.org, "Grayson (D-Fla), 2011
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  36. Open Secrets "Alan Grayson" Accessed April 5, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission "Alan Grayson 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 19, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 19, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 19, 2013
  40. Open Secrets "Alan Grayson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013