Meet Congresswoman Kay Granger

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Texas District 12 Representative

HER TERM:

U.S. House, Texas, District 12 - Incumbent

  • Party: Republican
  • Tenure: January 3, 1997 - Present
  • Term Ends: January 3, 2019

HER EXPERIENCE:

  • 1991-1995: Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1989-1991: Member of Fort Worth City Council
  • 1981-1989: Member of Zoning Commission, Fort Worth, Texas

HER STORY:

Kay Granger is the first Republican woman to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kay was born in Greenville, Texas and raised in Fort Worth. She never intended to become a politician, majoring in education and becoming a high school journalism and English teacher.

Kay was inspired to get involved in politics when local issues began impacting her own community. Since then, she has been recognized by CQ's Roll Call as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Congress.

HER VIEWS:

Economy:

Kay is a proponent of cutting what she sees as wasteful government spending in order to ensure Americans' taxpayer dollars are used wisely. She also wants to balance the budget without increasing taxes.

Education:

Kay believes that local school boards, not the federal government, are better equipped to improve schools and assess student needs.

Environment:

Kay supports the repeal of the crude oil export ban and the Keystone XL Pipeline. She believes they will create jobs and improve the economy.

Foreign Policy:

Kay is a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and strongly supports weapons programs such as F-22, H-1, V-2, and Joint Strike Fighter. She thinks military might is crucial to defeating terrorism.

Health Care:

Kay voted against President Obama's Affordable Care Act legislation in 2009 and also voted for its repeal. She wants to address the rising costs of health care in America.

Immigration:

Kay believes it is the Department of Homeland's Security's responsibility to protect our borders and keep Americans safe. She believes border control is crucial for the country's national security and economic growth.

Women's Rights:

Kay does not support federal funds being used for any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion and disagrees with partial-birth abortions except to save the mother's life. She has voted no on banning Family Planning funding in American aid abroad.