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House members sworn in on Capitol Hill
Freshman Congressman Alan Grayson, D-FL, waves to guests as members prepare to be sworn in for the 111th Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 6, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Alan Mark Grayson (born March 13, 1958) is an American attorney who is currently serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 8th congressional district. The district includes just over half of Orlando, including Downtown, as well as Celebration, Walt Disney World and part of Ocala. A progressive Democrat, Grayson defeated Ric Keller, a four-term incumbent Republican in the 2008 congressional election. He is currently running for re-election against Republican Daniel Webster.

Grayson was born in the Bronx, New York. He graduated from Bronx High School of Science and worked his way through Harvard University as a janitor and nightwatchman, graduating summa cum laude in three years. He was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He returned to Harvard for graduate studies. Within four years, he earned a law degree with honors from Harvard Law School, a masters in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and completed the course work and passed the general exams for a Ph.D. in government.

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