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Allen Kelsey Grammer (born February 21, 1955) is the current senior United States Senator for Florida and the incumbent Senate Majority Leader, having assumed that post following the Nationalist midterm victories in 2010. Regarded as one of the more conservative members of his party and of the Senate, Grammer was considered as one of the most likely potential running mates for Brian Williams in the 2012 election, but was passed over for Alex Gomez. He gave the address at the 2012 National Party Convention in Salt Lake City introducing the vice presidential nominee. He briefly ran for President in the 2008 Nationalist primaries, but dropped out in mid-January after poor performances in the primaries.
Grammer was born in the Danish West Indies to American expatriate parents on the island of St. Thomas, but moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida when he turned two and his parents divorced. He attended Pine Crest School, a private preparatory school in Fort Lauderdale, and later attended the University of Florida, where he was a cheerleader, participated briefly in both the theater club and debate team, and graduated with a degree in economics in 1977. While at UF, Grammer was a member of the Alpha Lambda Tau fraternity and served as Fraternity Treasurer his junior and senior years. After spending two years working in the private real estate sector in Miami, Grammer attended the University of Miami and received his Juris Doctor at Miami Law School in 1982, having used the money he saved from his two years working.
Early political career
Out of law school, Grammer was initially a corporate attorney but soon took a job at the Miami District Attorney's office in 1985. There, he was introduced to Florida state National Party Chairman Larry Rock, who hired him as an assistant party treasurer, a position Grammer assumed fully in 1987, making him the youngest party treasurer of either major political party in Florida state history. After helping lead Florida Nationalists to sweeping victories in 1988 without going into debt and coordinating with the Redford campaign's own field team in helping Redford carry the state after it had voted Democratic in the prior election, Grammer was appointed to Deputy Director for Management of the OMB, a post he held from January 1989 until June 1990, when he resigned to return to Florida and run for State Treasurer. He won the election by a wide margin over his Democratic challenger, taking the position in a year in which other Nationalist candidates statewide did not perform particularly well, including losing the special election to fill the Senate seat of the late Danny Marks, the Governor's race, most House races in northern and central Florida and the race for Attorney General. Grammer entered 1991 as the only Nationalist in the Florida State Cabinet. In early 1994, he announced he would contend for the upcoming Senate seat.
Electoral History of Kelsey Grammer
1994 Senate Election
Grammer faced Orlando-area U.S. Representative Lee Haussey in the Nationalist primary. Grammer, who had campaigned statewide in the past, was able to appeal to northern Florida conservatives and Miami-area suburban moderates in a way that the folksy Haussey was not. Grammer ran a campaign viewed by the state National Party as overwhelmingly negative, and despite their protestations and endorsement of Haussey, who had been seen as the "next-in-line" for the position, Grammer won the primary 53%-47%.
In the general election, in a year where national trends favored Nationalist candidates, Grammer faced incumbent Senator Duke Halperin, whom he narrowly edged in one of the most heavily contested elections in the country. Following his victory, Grammer promised to "be a voice for reason, a voice for opportunity, and a voice for all of Florida."