- Obama not worried about Ebola at upcoming African summit in D.C.
- Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’ after 9/11
- Obama administration asked whole D.C. Circuit to take on major Obamacare case
- Mark Levin: Topple GOP leadership or country will ‘unravel’
- Massachusetts to let police chief deny gun buys to those deemed unfit
- John Kerry condemns attack on Israeli soldiers, kidnapping
- U.S. starts to evacuate American Ebola patients from West Africa: Report
- Geraldo slammed as ‘dummy’ for backing Clinton’s bin Laden claim
- Israeli spokesman: No need to debate who broke the cease-fire
- 35 Palestinians killed; Israeli officer missing
Michael Gerard Grimm
Birthdate: Feb. 7, 1970
Birth Place: New York, NY, United States
Residence: Staten Island, NY
First Elected: 2010
State: New York
District: District 11
Graduate: New York Law School
Undergraduate: City University of New York – Baruch College
Michael Grimm grew up in Staten Island, N.Y., where he now resides. He dropped out of college to enlist in the Marine Corps, serving in the first Gulf War. After leaving active duty, Grimm attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and was deputized a U.S. marshal and a uniformed police officer for the FBI.
Grimm left the FBI and worked as a stockbroker while attending school at night, earning a bachelor's in accounting from Baruch College. He returned to the FBI and joined a unit investigating corruption on Wall Street. During his second stint with the bureau, he earned a law degree from New York Law School.
After 16 years in the FBI, Grimm left and became an entrepreneur, founding a health food restaurant in Manhattan and becoming a principal in a biofuel company located in Austin, Texas.
Grimm came seemingly out of nowhere to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, beating a Republican opponent in a tough primary before defeating first term Democratic Rep. Michael McMahon in the general election.
His opponent in the primary had the support of popular former Rep. Vito Fossella, who held the seat for six terms. But Grimm parlayed endorsements from Sen. John McCain, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani into a win in the primary.
The former Marine and FBI agent who represents Staten Island and a part of Brooklyn was well-received by his party when he got to Congress, tapped to deliver one of the Republican weekly radio addresses and spending some time on the campaign trail stumping for Mitt Romney.
But the attention he's gotten hasn't been all positive. The FBI has been looking into whether to investigate allegations that followers of a New York City rabbi made illegal campaign contributions to Grimm in 2010. Grimm has denied doing anything wrong.
In Congress, Grimm's background from his years spent investigating the financial industry comes into play with his seat on the House Financial Services Committee.
He has joined others in his party in calling for overturning the 2010 health care reform law. He is also a strong supporter of Israel.
Legislatively, he has introduced an amendment that was added to the House's version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act that would save a New York-based National Guard team that is supposed to assist local authorities in the event of an attack using weapons of mass destruction. The 24th National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn is facing Pentagon cuts.
He was also among a handful of legislators from both parties who introduced a bill that would create new visas for immigrant entrepreneurs.
Source: Associated Press
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- U.N. condemns Israel, U.S. for not sharing Iron Dome with Hamas
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- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
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- Pentagon wants extra $19M to equip, train Ukrainian troops