|U.S. House, Florida, District 9|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Gus M. Bilirakis (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$28.10 in 2012|
|First elected||November 2007|
|Next primary||August 26, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|U.S. House, Florida, District 8|
|Date of birth||March 13, 1958|
|Place of birth||New York City, New York|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Controversy
- 4.2 Legislative actions
- 4.2.1 113th Congress
- 4.2.2 National security
- 4.2.3 Economy
- 4.2.4 Immigration
- 4.2.5 Healthcare
- 4.2.6 Social issues
- 4.2.7 2013 introduced bills
- 4.2.8 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2.9 Healthcare reform
- 4.2.10 Voting with Democratic leadership
- 4.2.11 Washington Post Analysis
- 4.3 Campaign themes
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 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.
- 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
Comparing Tea Party to KKK
In October 2013, Grayson’s re-election campaign sent out a fundraising email and tweet that compared the tea party movement to the KKK, titled, “The Tea Party: No More Popular Than The Klan.” The email included a graphic image of two Klansmen standing near a giant burning cross. The cross is used to spell out “tea party” in burning flames.
Grayson’s campaign twitter account also tweeted a link to the same email on October 21, 2013, saying: "The Tea Party: “No More Popular Than the Klan.”"
Allen West's response
“The president came out and started talking about civility in our dialogue. Where is President Obama?” West said on October 22, 2013. “I think that the president should be speaking out about this. He should reprimand and censor Alan Grayson for what he said.”
“Why isn’t [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi speaking out about this? Why isn’t [Democratic National Chairwoman] Debbie Wasserman Schultz or [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid?... You know, we continue to hear the use of this extremist language, jihadist language, arsonist, extortionist and now this equating constitutional conservatives, people who just believe in a constitutional way of government to operate, with people who were responsible for lynchings, and horrible things in the South and all across this country,” he added.
"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."
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."
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.”
113th Congress113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second 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 voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Grayson voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Grayson voted in opposition to HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
Grayson voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill. The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Grayson voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.
On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Grayson joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Grayson voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Grayson voted for HR 2775.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
Grayson voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Grayson voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Healthcare Reform Rules
Grayson voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act
Grayson voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.
Grayson voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.
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.
2013 introduced bills
Previous congressional sessions
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.
Voting with Democratic leadership
According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009 to June 16, 2010, Grayson 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 voted 98.3% of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.
- War Profiteering
- Financial Industry
- Campaign Finance
Grayson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent 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, and defeated Todd Long (R) in the general election on November 6, 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.
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|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$42,358.19||$164,460.61||$(127,492.44)||$79,326.36|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$79,326.36||$339,107.95||$(180,516)||$237,918.31|
|October Quarterly||October 13, 2013||$237,918.31||$186,894.87||$(258,030.44)||$166,782.74|
|Year-end||January 31, 2014||$166,782||$317,035||$(196,600)||$287,217|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$287,217||$413,952||$(320,643)||$380,527|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$380,527||$495,818||$(387,686)||$488,659|
|Pre-Primary||August 14, 2014||$488,659||$312,185||$(395,537)||$405,307|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$405,307||$553,088||$(559,084)||$399,312|
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, Florida District 9, 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|
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.
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Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Grayson missed 43 of 1,744 roll call votes from January 2009 to March 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 2012 was estimated between $-2,212,951 to $82,936,999. That averages to $40,362,024, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Grayson ranked as the 16th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Alan Grayson Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
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.
Wife files for diviorce
Lolita Grayson filed for divorce in Orange County Family Court on January 6, 2014.
Lolita Grayson's petition for the injunction, dated March 3, 2014, said her husband pushed her against a door, causing her to fall to the ground, during a confrontation at their home on Oak Park Road near Windermere.
In a statement, Alan Grayson's press secretary, Lauren Doney, said that the allegations "are absolutely false, completely unfounded, and clearly designed to vilify and harm Congressman Grayson...Congressman Grayson firmly denies Ms. Grayson's frivolous accusations.
Wife drops order
On March 12, 2014, Grayson's wife voluntarily dropped a temporary restraining order against him following an allegation that he shoved her.
Lauren Doney, a spokeswoman for Grayson, released a statement: “Ms. Carson-Grayson has apparently dropped the petition for injunction that she levied against the congressman last week, and will no longer pursue a restraining order against him. Ms. Carson-Grayson’s complaint was voluntarily dismissed today...While this is certainly positive news, we want to emphasize that these baseless charges should never have been brought in the first place. Two eyewitness accounts, video evidence, a thorough police investigation and Ms. Carson-Grayson’s own 911 call confirmed the congressman’s innocence — and that Ms. Carson-Grayson was, in fact, the aggressor...For the sake of the all parties involved, we sincerely hope that this concludes Ms. Carson-Grayson’s efforts to misrepresent and exploit the family’s private affairs...As many Americans know, dealing with the intensely personal and emotional matter of divorce is challenging enough — the added pressure of trying to protect your family’s privacy, while being forced to defend yourself from false accusations as awful as these ones, has made for an emotional and stressful time for all members of the Grayson family.”
$18 million loss in portfolio scheme
Grayson lost approximatley $18 million when he was the victim of a portfolio scheme in December 2013. According to court documents, Grayson was set to receive tens of millions of dollars in returns on his stock portfolio. However, a Virginia man, William Dean Chapman, sold the stocks out from under Grayson, and others, as part of a scheme. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison on December 6, 2013, for cheating 122 investors out of more than $35 million.
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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)
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