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Michael Grimm
Michael Grimm.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 11
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorYvette D. Clarke (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,542,325
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 13
January 3, 2011-January 3, 2013
Bachelor'sBaruch College, City University of New York
J.D.New York Law School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1989-1990
Service branchUnited States Marine Corps Reserves
Years of service1990-1997
Date of birthFebruary 7, 1970
Place of birthNew York, New York
ProfessionFBI Agent, Entrepreneur
Net worth$484,999
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Michael Grimm (b. February 7, 1970) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 11th congressional district. Grimm was first elected to the House in 2010 and is currently serving his second consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012 against Mark Murphy. Grimm previously represented New York's 13th congressional district but due to 2012 redistricting is currently representing District 13.

Grimm is set to run for re-election in New York's 11th congressional district in 2014, where he will likely be up against candidate Domenic Recchia.

Before his congressional career Grimm served in the United States Marine Corps, worked for the FBI as both a clerk and Special Agent, as a deputized U.S. Marshal ,a research analyst on Wall Street, founded a small health food restaurant in Manhattan and was a principal in a bio-fuel company.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Grimm is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


Grimm was born in New York, New York. He earned a B.A. from Baruch College in 1994, and a J.D. from New York Law School in 2002.[2]


Grimm left college after his freshman year and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After serving in the Persian Gulf War and being awarded a Combat Meritorious Promotion, Grimm returned reserve status and continued his education. While attending college full time during the day, Grimm went to work as a clerk for the FBI on the midnight shift. Grimm was chosen to attend the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center where he completed the Federal Police Officer Training Program. Upon returning from training, Grimm was deputized as a U.S. Marshal and entrusted with full arrest authority as a Uniformed Police Officer for the FBI. With a desire to diversify his background, Grimm left the FBI for a Research Analyst position on Wall Street attaining several securities industry licenses. During this period, Grimm attended Bernard M. Baruch College at night to further his education. Upon graduating with his BBA in Accountancy with a concentration in Finance, Grimm felt the pull of public service and returned to the FBI where he was appointed a Special Agent and assigned to the New York Office. Although he was assigned to investigate the Gambino Crime Family in the prestigious Organized Crime Branch, Grimm found his niche fighting corruption on Wall Street as a member of the Financial Fraud Squad. During his service in the FBI, Grimm attended New York Law School at night. Grimm was then admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut.

Grimm eventually left the FBI and founded a small health food restaurant in Manhattan and was a principal in a bio-fuel company.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Grimm serves on the following committees:[4]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade


Grimm served on the following committees:[5]


Political positions

Immigration reform

Several Republican members of the U.S. House may have faced a tougher path to re-election in 2014 because immigration reform did not pass in the House in 2013, according to a Public Policy Poll released in July 2013.[6]

According to the poll, a majority of voters in seven Republican congressional districts said they were less likely to vote for their representative if he failed to support immigration reform. Voters also reported in the poll that they were less likely to support Republican candidates in the 2014 general election if the Republican House members blocked immigration reform proposals.[6] Grimm was one of the seven representatives who served in a district that had overwhelming support for the Senate’s immigration reform plan.[6]

Campaign themes


Grimm listed several of his campaign themes on his website:[7]

  • Strengthening the economy
  • Jobs
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation
  • National Security and Defense
  • Veterans
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • U.S.-Israel Relationship
  • Energy and Environment

Waiving of water fees for Hurricane Sandy victims

On June 22, 2013 Grimm held a press conference to call for water fees for Sandy survivors who have used little to no water in their damaged homes to be waived.[8]

After having suspended sending water bills to Hurricane Sandy victims until June 2013, the New York City Water Board sent out bills with charges accrued since late October 2012.[8] Under the city's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), homeowners are subject to a minimum charge of $1.19 per day, even if a home uses no water. Many displaced residents are receiving water bills for $300 or more.[8] Grimm seeks to have the city waive all water fees for Sandy-impacted homeowners.[8]

At the June 22 press conference Grimm expressed his backing of having the fees waived, saying "The policy should be that if you're not in your home because of Sandy, then all fees [should] be waived until you move back in."[8]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Michael Grimm endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [9]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Grimm voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[10]

King Amendment

Nay3.png In June 2013 the House approved an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill that would end the department's discretion policies by cutting off funding for the proposed DREAM Act, which would have temporarily halted the deportations of young immigrants if they have served in the military or are attending college. This vote overturns an executive order signed by President Obama that formalized a process for the "Dreamers" to remain in the U.S.[11][12][13]

The amendment, offered by Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa, passed the House by a vote of 224-201 and was approved mostly along party lines. However, three Democrats supported the amendment and six Republicans opposed it, while nine members did not vote.[13]Grimm was one of the six Republican members who voted against the amendment.[12]

The amendment would effectively demand the government force out "Dreamers" who came to the U.S. as children.[13] It contrasts with comprehensive immigration reform efforts, including proposed DREAM Act style legislation, and would resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.[14] The amendment was the first immigration-related vote in either chamber of Congress in 2013, and blocks many of the provisions that are mirrored in the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill.[15][13]



See also: New York's 11th congressional district elections, 2012

Grimm won re-election in 2012, but due to redistricting, he ran in the newly redrawn 11th district. He was unopposed in the Conservative and Republican primaries on June 26, 2012, and defeated Mark Murphy (D) and Henry Bardel (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[16]

U.S. House, New York District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mark Murphy 43% 92,428
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Grimm Incumbent 48% 103,118
     Green Henry Bardel 0.9% 1,939
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 8% 17,270
Total Votes 214,755
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Ballot challenge

Grimm initially attempted to file as an Independence Party candidate as well as Republican, but a press from Democratic challenger Mark Murphy successfully knocked Grimm from that line. Grimm will remain on the ballot as a Republican, and the Independence Party line will be blank on the ballot.[17]

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Grimm is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Grimm raised a total of $3,542,325 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[19]

Michael Grimm's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 11) Won $2,263,993
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 13) Won $1,278,332
Grand Total Raised $3,542,325

Individual breakdown


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

Grimm won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Grimm's campaign committee raised a total of $2,263,994 and spent $2,204,598.[20]


Breakdown of the source of Grimm's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Grimm was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,278,332 and spent $1,249,139.[21]


Ideologies and leadership

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Grimm is a "centrist Republican" as of June 20, 2013.[22]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Grimm missed 32 of 1,708 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Apr 2013, which is 1.9% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[23]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Grimm paid his congressional staff a total of $987,551 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[24]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Grimm was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Grimm's staff was given an apparent $24,400.00 in bonus money.[25]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Grimm's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2 to $969,997. That averages to $484,999, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 13.39% from 2010.[26]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Grimm's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $50,003 to $1,069,997. Averaging to a net worth of $560,000 which was lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[27]

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. Grimm ranked 228th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[28]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Grimm ranked 226th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[29]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

Michael Grimm voted with the Republican Party 86% of the time, which ranked 230th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[30]

Recent news

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External links


  1. [1]
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "GRIMM, Michael G., (1970 - )"
  3. U.S. Congressman Michael Grimm, Representing the 13th District of New York "Full Biography"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congressman Michael Grimm, Representing the 13th District of New York "Committees and Caucuses"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Politico, "7 GOPers who need immigration vote," accessed July 9, 2013
  7. Campaign website "Issues"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Staten Island Advance "Rep. Grimm calls for water bills to be waived for those who haven't turned on the tap" Accessed June 25, 2013
  9. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of New York Republican Elected Officials and Leaders," December 20, 2011
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. LA Times, "GOP rejects Dream Act-like deportation deferrals," accessed June 10, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 U.S. House, "Final Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Huffington Post, "Steve King Amendment Passes House To Deport More Dreamers," accessed June 10, 2013
  14. Fox News, "House votes to resume deporting young DREAM Act immigrants," accessed June 10, 2013
  15. Huffington Post, "Steve King's Amendment To The Immigration Bill Worsens The GOP's Latino Problem," accessed June 10, 2013
  16. Politico "2012 Election Map, New York"
  17. Politicker "Michael Grimm officially knocked off independence line," May 1, 2012
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Michael Grimm" March 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Michael Grimm 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Michael Grimm 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 17, 2011
  22. Gov Track "Grimm" Accessed June 20, 2013
  23. GovTrack, "Michael Grimm" Accessed April 2013
  24. LegiStorm, "Michael_Grimm," Accessed October 2, 2012
  25. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  26. OpenSecrets.org "Michael Grimm (R-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Michael Grimm (D-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  28. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Yvette D. Clarke
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 11
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michael McMahon
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 13
Succeeded by
Charles Rangel