Birthdate: March 13, 1958
Birth Place: New York, NY, United States
Residence: Orlando, FL
District: District 9
Alan Grayson was born in New York City and currently resides in Orlando, Fla. He earned a bachelor's, a master's and a law degree from Harvard University.
After earning his law degree, Grayson worked as judge's assistant in the Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals.
He later started IDT Corp., a telephone services company that he sold, using his earnings to invest in several other small companies. He is also a partner in Grayson & Kubli, an Orlando law firm representing more than 300 clients. He is a multimillionaire.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2008 but lost re-election in 2010.
Grayson and his wife, Lolita, have five children.
Alan Grayson is running for the U.S. House in 2012, two years after he was defeated by Republican Daniel Webster after a single term in Congress.
Grayson was elected to Congress in 2008, representing metro Orlando's 8th Congressional District. In 2012, he is seeking to represent the 9th Congressional District, a newly created district with a large Hispanic influence. He will face Todd Long, a Republican attorney, in the November general election.
During his single term in office, Grayson gained notoriety for making inflammatory remarks. They included describing Republicans' health care plan as wanting people "to die quickly" and for calling a senior Federal Reserve adviser a "K Street whore." But Grayson's razor-sharp tongue also drew fans among some Democrats who were happy to find a progressive congressman unafraid to go on the attack.
Grayson co-sponsored legislation requiring shareholders to approve a company's expenses used in influencing elections and another bill that would limit funding of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He supported extending unemployment benefits, the 2010 financial regulation reform bill and the 2010 health care reform bill.
He served on the Financial Services Committee and the Science and Technology Committee.
Before going to Congress, Grayson made a name for himself by filing whistleblower lawsuits against Iraq war contractors. Among notable cases, he helped win the first civil verdict for Iraq reconstruction fraud when he sued Custer Battles in 2004, alleging the now defunct company bilked the federal government out of tens of millions of dollars by filing fake invoices and padding other bills. A jury awarded a $10 million judgment against the company.
His political ads in 2008 highlighted his fight against fraud in the Iraq reconstruction. In one ad he stood in an airplane hanger behind a briefcase he says was filled with $1 million, telling viewers that the amount of money lost to fraud and waste in Iraq could fill the entire hanger.
In 2008, Grayson defeated Republican incumbent Ric Keller with 52 percent of the vote.
Known for having a brash confidence, Grayson finished a distant second to Charlie Stuart in the Democratic primary for the same seat in 2006. In 2008, he got a later start than Stuart, but pumped $1 million of his own money into the race and soundly won the rematch ahead of Stuart and three other candidates.
Source: Associated Press