Alan Grayson, a three-term U.S. Representative (D-Orlando), is looking forward to bringing his political, legal, and business experience to the US Senate.
Alan was born in the Bronx and raised in public housing.
His parents, both educators, instilled in him a lifelong passion for learning and a deep respect for hard work. Those values not only propelled him into public service, but fueled his successful legal and business careers, as well as a life of global travel.
Alan graduated in the top two percent of his class from Harvard University with a Phi Beta Kappa degree, all while working his way through college as a janitor and night watchman.
Alan excelled in economics classes at Harvard, and worked as an economist for two years after college. He returned to Harvard, and in only four years, Alan simultaneously received a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School and a master’s degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
After law school, Alan clerked for two future Supreme Court justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia.
In the early 1990s, Alan took a leave from practicing law and helped co-found the telecom/internet company IDT Corp, serving as its first president. That venture, which started on the second floor of a funeral home, grew to be a $2 billion-a-year business that appeared on the Fortune 1000 list and is still traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
After several years in the telecommunications industry, Alan returned to the practice of law. At his firm, Grayson & Kubli, Alan specialized in whistleblower fraud cases aimed at Iraq war contractors. Alan is the only attorney to successfully bring a fraud case to trial against those who illegally profited from the war in Iraq.
Alan has traveled extensively throughout his life, visiting more than 180 countries, including every country in Latin America.
That experience has served him well in Congress, where he holds a post on the Foreign Affairs Committee, including assignments on the Western Hemisphere and Middle East and North Africa Subcommittees. He serves on the Science and Technology Committee, where he’s also the ranking member on the vital Energy Subcommittee. During his first term, Alan served on the Financial Services Committee, and its Capital Markets and Oversight and Investigations subcommittees.
Despite serving in the minority party in a heavily-partisan Congress, Congressman Grayson has passed legislation and amendments to protect workers and investors, increase oversight on companies and banks that received federal assistance during the Great Recession, and honor America’s astronauts. In the 113th Congress, he was able to get 13 amendments passed in the Science Committee’s budget. In 2013, Slate called Representative Grayson “the most effective member of Congress.”
Alan lives in Orlando, Florida, and has five children: Skye, Star, Sage, Storm and Stone.