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Phone: 202-225-5071

Address: 1026 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (817) 338-0909

Address: 1701 River Run Road, Fort Worth TX 76107-6548

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Kay Granger Biography
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  • Elected: 1996, 9th term.
  • District: Texas 12
  • Born: Jan. 18, 1943, Greenville
  • Home: Ft. Worth
  • Education:

    TX Wesleyan Col., B.S. 1965

  • Professional Career:

    Teacher, 1965–78; Life Insurance agent, 1978–85; Chmn., Ft. Worth Zoning Comm., 1981–88; Founder & Pres., Kay Granger Insurance Co., Inc.

  • Political Career:

    Ft. Worth City Cncl., 1989–91; Ft. Worth mayor, 1991–96.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Methodist

  • Family: Divorced; 3 children

Kay Granger, first elected in 1996, is the only Republican woman to represent the Lone Star State in Congress. Less conservative than her fellow Texans, she has concentrated on climbing the ladder of the Appropriations Committee, where she now chairs the subcommittee on the State Department. Read More

Kay Granger, first elected in 1996, is the only Republican woman to represent the Lone Star State in Congress. Less conservative than her fellow Texans, she has concentrated on climbing the ladder of the Appropriations Committee, where she now chairs the subcommittee on the State Department.

Granger grew up in Fort Worth, graduated from Texas Wesleyan College, and worked as a teacher in North Richland Hills. She raised three children and started her own insurance agency. In 1989, she was elected to the Fort Worth Council, and two years later, was elected as mayor. In 1995, when Rep. Pete Geren, a conservative Democrat who succeeded Wright, announced he would not seek reelection, both Republican and Democratic leaders tried to recruit Granger. She decided to run in the Republican primary.

In a three-candidate race, she was attacked as a liberal, partly for her support of abortion rights. But she won with 69% of the vote. Her Democratic opponent was Hugh Parmer, a former Fort Worth mayor and the Democratic nominee against Republican Sen.Phil Gramm in 1990. Parmer attacked Republican cuts in Medicare and the stewardship of Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Granger called for a balanced budget and tax cuts for business and ran on her record as mayor. She won 58%-41%, a stunning victory for a Republican in Wright’s old district.

In the House, Granger’s voting record has tended to be moderate on cultural issues and more conservative on economic issues. In 2012, however, she was the least conservative Republican in Texas’ House delegation on fiscal matters. She used to attend meetings of the centrist Republican Main Street Partnership but never formally joined. In 2007 and 2008, she was vice chair of the Republican Conference. One of Granger’s legislative achievements was enactment of tax-free savings accounts for higher education expenses. She and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., another former big-city mayor, announced an effort in February 2013 to try to build bipartisanship in the deeply polarized House. Granger is the author of a book, What’s Right About America: Celebrating Our Nation’s Values, published in 2006.

With a seat on Appropriations, Granger keeps a close eye on local Pentagon spending. She has worked to maintain production of Lockheed Martin planes that are produced in her district. In 2011, she became chairman of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, where her experience with military spending and her interest in human rights are useful.

She was among the members of her party warning freshman Republicans against cutting foreign aid too deeply. “I think that there is more pressure (to cut foreign aid) because there’s this misunderstanding of how much that part of the budget is,” she said on the PBS show NewsHour. However, she also opposes major increases in foreign aid spending. Despite personal lobbying from U2 singer and human rights activist Bono and former Bush White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, she said that the U.S. Agency for International Development’s request for a 22% increase for fiscal 2012 was “unrealistic in today’s budget environment.” Granger drew the most attention in September 2012 when she blocked the Obama administration from giving cash-strapped Egypt’s new government $450 million in aid. She backed off slightly and let new Secretary of State John Kerry announce $250 million in aid during Kerry’s March 2013 trip to Cairo.

In January 2005, Granger traveled to Iraq, where she and then-Rep.Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., conducted a training session for women candidates in their elections. Granger continues to co-chair the Iraqi Women’s Caucus. In late 2009, she visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and was among the Republicans who urged the Obama administration to step up pressure on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to establish a “functional, transparent government that does not condone corruption.” She also has served on the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Commission on Smart Global Health Policy.

Granger has been reelected by wide margins. Her moderate tendencies inspired challenges from her right in the 2010 and 2012 Republican primaries against underfunded challengers, whom she dispatched with ease. In 2012, she was featured in an unusual University of California, Los Angeles study that examined whether female House members’ facial appearance corresponded with their political beliefs. It found that the lawmakers who had what it called “stereotypically feminine facial features” were overwhelmingly Republican. Granger was ranked as having one of the most feminine faces of the lawmakers studied, along with Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

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Kay Granger Election Results
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2012 General
Kay Granger (R)
Votes: 175,649
Percent: 70.91%
Dave Robinson (D)
Votes: 66,080
Percent: 26.68%
Matthew Solodow
Votes: 5,983
Percent: 2.42%
2012 Primary
Kay Granger (R)
Votes: 34,828
Percent: 80.18%
Bill Lawrence (R)
Votes: 8,611
Percent: 19.82%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (72%), 2008 (68%), 2006 (67%), 2004 (72%), 2002 (92%), 2000 (63%), 1998 (62%), 1996 (58%)
Kay Granger Votes and Bills
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Economic 28 (L) : 71 (C) 40 (L) : 60 (C) 23 (L) : 77 (C)
Social 29 (L) : 70 (C) 26 (L) : 73 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 23 (L) : 76 (C) 35 (L) : 59 (C) 43 (L) : 54 (C)
Composite 27.2 (L) : 72.8 (C) 34.8 (L) : 65.2 (C) 25.3 (L) : 74.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9083
LCV1111
CFG6066
ITIC-75
NTU7167
20112012
COC100-
ACLU-0
ACU8483
ADA05
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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