House links: Kay Granger (R-TX-12)i
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Kay N. Granger
Kay Granger Congressional Candidate Texas District 12
Congresswoman Kay Granger, 12th District of Texas
Since arriving in Congress in 1997, Congresswoman Kay Granger has created a record of leadership and results on the issues that matter to her district and her country.
Congresswoman Granger today is one of the most recognized leaders on national security and foreign policy. She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations for the 112th Congress. She also serves on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and on the Subcommittee of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. With her three subcommittee assignments, Granger oversees 70 percent of all discretionary spending. She also co-chairs the Anti-Terrorism Caucus and serves as a deputy whip. During the 110th Congress, she served as Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference where she was spokesperson for the party.
Granger’s interest in national security began when she served as Mayor of Fort Worth, home to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and Lockheed Martin. After 9-11, she became a leader in the fight against global terrorism. She continues to serve as co-chair of the Iraqi Women’s Caucus where she has worked to mentor Iraqi women who now either hold elected positions or are leaders in a democratic Iraq.
Granger has long believed that national security and foreign policy go hand in hand. Through her roles on the board of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and as a commissioner for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Granger is part of an ongoing dialogue to improve the lives of millions in the developing world through efforts that center around global health, improving the lives of women, and teaching emerging democracies how to sustain newly-discovered freedoms. She serves the National Endowment for Democracy as a member of the Congressional Advisory Committee.
Congresswoman Granger received Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s first Global War on Terrorism Coin for her unwavering support of anti-terror efforts. She has also been awarded the 2006 National Association of Community Health Centers Community Health Defender Award and the National Association of Manufacturers Award for her pro-growth, pro-manufacturing, pro-worker voting record. She has been inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and the Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame.
Granger owned and operated a successful insurance agency for over 20 years and is also a former high school teacher.
She is a member of the First United Methodist Church, and has three grown children and five grandchildren.
Biography of Kay Granger from Kay Granger Congressional Campaign
It has been said that two kinds of people go to Washington: those who want to be something and those who want to do something. Kay Granger went to do something for her constituents, her district and her country.
She began her career in public service as Mayor of Fort Worth from 1989 to 1995, where she cut crime by 49% in four years. In November 1996, Kay made history when she became the first Republican and the first woman ever elected to represent Texas Congressional District 12. And that night, she promised the people of her district that she would “attack problems, not people.” For the last 12 years, this philosophy has guided her.
Early on in her Congressional career, she established herself as a leader on education, health care and national security issues. As a freshman in Congress, she got legislation passed to help parents pay for college by providing tax incentives for prepaid college tuition. She soon was asked to serve on the Speaker’s Health Care Task Force where she pushed for more access and better affordability on health care. And in 1999, she began serving on the House Appropriations Committee. Today she still serves on that committee and sits on the Defense, Homeland Security and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Subcommittees. She remains a national leader in fighting for the men and women who fight for us.
But Congresswoman Granger’s career changed on 9-11. She was at the Pentagon meeting with Secretary Rumsfeld that morning. She viewed ground zero a few days later. And she vowed that she would do everything she could to keep America safe from terrorism.
Today she serves as co-chair of the Iraqi Women’s Caucus and of the Anti-Terrorism Caucus. In the course of three congressional delegation visits during a two-year-period in the Middle East, she worked with and mentored Iraqi women who now either hold elected positions or are leaders in their communities. Congresswoman Granger received Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s first Global War on Terrorism Coin for her unwavering support of anti-terrorist efforts.
In addition to supporting the troops, Congresswoman Granger decided in 2006 that more could be done to protect America. “The terrorists know what they are fighting against,” she said at the time, “but do we know what we are fighting for?” Her response was a book she authored on American values and history called “What’s Right About America.” The book chronicles great moments in American history where events were shaped by a great leader standing up for a great value.
Congresswoman Granger has been inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and the Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the National Association of Manufacturers Award for her pro-growth, pro-manufacturing, pro-worker voting record.
Today, Congresswoman Granger continues to go to work for the people of District 12. “I think about my kids and my grandkids,” she says. “I think about what America will look like for them. The decisions we make today will shape their tomorrow.”