Congresswoman Gwen Graham was elected to the House of Representatives in a competitive 2014 race on the campaign promise to bring the North Florida Way to Washington and pledging to fight for the middle class, invest in our schools, protect Medicare and create jobs.
Now, she’s following through on her pledge and working with both sides of the aisle to get things done. In Congress, Gwen’s helped pass common sense reforms, fought to clean up Washington, and rallied the Florida delegation to save the Apalachicola Bay.
Gwen serves on the House Armed Services committee to fight for North Florida service members, veterans and their families. The first bill she sponsored was the VETS Act to help injured veterans; she passed legislation to defend Israel from terrorists’ tunnels; and she launched an initiative to encourage local businesses to hire more veterans.
She also serves on the House Agriculture committee to be a voice for North Florida’s farmers. Gwen fought for the USDA to expand their StrikeForce initiative to fight rural poverty to North Florida, and she introduced the bipartisan AgShare Act, which would make it possible for new and beginning farmers to share idle government equipment.
Since day one, Gwen has made constituent services a top priority, and has helped return more than $1 million that belongs to North Florida veterans, seniors and families — all while cutting her office’s operating budget by 10 percent.
She’s also following in her father, Governor Bob Graham’s, footsteps with Graham Workdays, where she spends an entire shift working alongside constituents. Her jobs have included work on farms, a day as a hotel maid, and even training with the United States Air Force in a T-38 jet.
Before serving in public office, Gwen worked as an attorney in the private sector focusing on energy and environmental issues; with Leon County Schools as director of employee relations and chief of labor and employee relations; and 13 years in her most rewarding position — as a stay at home mother and PTA volunteer.
Gwen has three children, Sarah, Graham and Mark Ernest, and she is married to Stephen D. Hurm, a law enforcement officer and general counsel for Florida’s Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles.