#23 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians – James Grant

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A record of legislative and personal achievements is what makes two-term Republican state Rep. James W. “Jamie” Grant an easy choice for the SaintPetersBlog 2014 list of prominent Tampa Bay politicos, for his first time on the list.

Not only does Grant represent the affluent Florida House District 64 — a region between Citrus Park in western Hillsborough and Safety Harbor in eastern Pinellas County – but the Tampa native also serves as chair of the House Joint Administrative Procedures Committee, as well as serving on the Appropriations, Higher Education & Workforce, and Criminal Justice Subcommittees.

Not bad for a skilled politician barely in his 30s.

Jamie Grant, at 31-years old, is well-suited for public service; it’s part of his pedigree. Grant’s father, former State Sen. John Grant, had served in both the Florida House from 1980-1986 (before Jamie was even born), and the Florida Senate from 1986-2000, as well as appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush as Executive Director of the Office of Statewide Public Guardianship to provide services for Florida’s poorest citizens.

As an avid sporting clay shooter and NRA member, Grant also sits on a committee of wetland-conservation advocates Ducks Unlimited. Since 2009, he has been a Board Member of the General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Children’s Home Sporting Clays Classic, the largest of its kind in the State of Florida.

The love of the sport guided some of Grant’s upcoming legislative action — including sponsoring bills to approve tax collectors to accept applications for concealed-carry licenses and another keeping the personal information collected by tax collectors for CCP applications exempt from public record laws.

As a state lawmaker intent on bringing conservative principles and fiscal responsibility to Tallahassee, Grant recently filed motions for the 2014 session for unemployment insurance reforms and to enhance criminal penalties for serious felonies committed by juveniles.

For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who comprised the panel which assembled it, please read here.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.