Gwen Graham

  • Age: 55
  • City: Orlando
  • Family: Married, three children
  • Education: Master's degree
  • Law degree, American University (1988)
  • Bachelor of arts in political science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1984)
    • Recent job: U.S. Representative (2015-2017)
  • U.S. Representative (2015-2017)
  • Chief of labor and employee relations, Leon County School District (2010-2013)
  • Director of Employee Relations/Director of Professional Standards, Leon County Schools: 2007-2010
  • Attorney (2004-2007)
  • Attorney, Andrews & Kurth (1988-1990)
  • Previous races


    U.S. Representative (2015-2017)

    Committees appointed to and serving on

  • House Armed Services Committee
  • House Agriculture Committee
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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    After 20 years of one-party Republican rule, Florida doesn’t have any more time. We need to restore our promise to public schools, protect our environment, improve access to affordable healthcare, and create an economy that works for everyone. I am committed to more investment in public education and am proud to be endorsed by the Florida Education Association. As governor, I will ban fracking and block oil drilling that threatens our state’s natural treasures, including in the Everglades. Finally, we must diversify Florida's economy to complement our tourism and agriculture industries with new jobs in technology.
    Explain your position on Medicaid expansion.
    Medicaid expansion would provide health coverage to more than 500,000 Floridians, with the federal government picking up at least 90% of the cost of the expanded population. Yet Rick Scott and the Legislature have refused to do their jobs. As governor, I will propose funds to expand Medicaid in my first budget. I am prepared to veto the Legislature's priorities to bring them to the table — and if all else fails, place my full support behind a constitutional amendment in 2020.
    Do you support the current state ban on local gun control measures?
    Explain your position on local gun control measures.
    If the state won't act, local leaders should be able to protect their communities. As governor, I will use my legal resources to support local governments challenging the firearm preemption law which is blocking them from implementing common-sense gun safety regulations.
    Do you believe sea-level rise threatens Florida?
    Explain your position on sea-level rise threatening Florida.
    Florida is ground zero for sea-level rise in the United States. While it’s a far off threat for other areas, we’re facing the effects today. Rising waters threaten our beaches and coastal cities, droughts put our water supply at risk, and forest fires are raging statewide. Despite all the science and even common sense, Donald Trump and Rick Scott are embracing disaster by continuing to deny that climate change even exists. Let me be blunt: ignoring climate change will drown Florida’s future.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws ban assault weapons?
    Prohibit certain models of guns, as was done with the 1994 federal assault weapons ban and Gov. Mitt Romney's legislation in Massachusetts.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws ban bump stocks?
    Prohibit devices that allow weapons to fire artificially fast, similar to fully automatic fire. The Las Vegas gunman used these devices.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws OK broad concealed carry?
    Allow weapons to be carried in places including businesses, schools, parks, churches and bars.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws allow open carry?
    Allow guns to be openly carried.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws bar sales under age 21?
    No one 20 or younger could buy a handgun or rifle
    Should gun rights and gun control laws arm teachers?
    Allow schools to decide whether to allow trained and certified teachers and other staff members on campus to carry weapons
    Should gun rights and gun control laws allow local licensing?
    Allow communities to set their own rules for firearms and conduct background screenings, with approval from the police chief or sheriff
    Should gun rights and gun control laws require background checks?
    Private gun sales aren't required to go through background checks. Some governments require the same sort of checks that are now done by gun dealers. This is often called the gun show loophole.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws mandate training?
    Require an initial or periodic gun safety training that covers use and storage.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws require safe storage?
    Allow criminal charges to be filed if firearms are not kept locked up.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws take guns from mentally ill?
    Remove guns from people who show signs of mental illness, as Florida's new Marjory Stoneman Douglas school safety bill allowed.
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