Gwen Graham performs hotel workday

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham spent a workday checking in guests, bell hopping luggage, and cleaning rooms at the Sugar Sands Inn and Suites Hotel in Panama City Beach Friday.

Graham says she learned firsthand what it’s like to work in the hospitality industry, while also promoting North Florida’s beautiful beaches and summer tourism season.

“I wanted to do this Workday to promote Panama City’s beaches and our great tourism industry,” said Rep. Graham said. “There’s no better place to spend July Fourth weekend than Panama City.”

Graham and her family have spent time in Panama City Beach since she was a young girl. Her workdays are a tradition she’s carrying on from her father, Gov. Bob Graham, who also performed a workday as a hotel bellhop in 1977.

“It’s amazing to see how many people it takes to make a hotel work. Everyone I met was focused on the same mission,” said Graham. “We need to do the same thing in Washington – work together to get things done for our country.”