Larry Grant (politician)
February 1, 1946 |
Boise, Idaho, United States
|Residence||Fruitland, Idaho, United States|
|Education||Columbia University (B.A. 1968), University of Denver (J.D., 1971)|
|Occupation||Retired businessman and attorney|
Larry Grant (born February 1, 1946, Boise, Idaho) is a retired Idaho businessman and was the Democratic candidate who ran in the Idaho's 1st congressional district in 2006. Grant ran for the seat again in 2008, but dropped out a month before the Democratic primary and endorsed the eventual nominee, Walt Minnick.
Grant earned his bachelor's degree from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1968 and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law, graduating summa cum laude in 1971. He was a lawyer in private practice in Denver and Boise from 1972 through 1985. In 1985, Grant joined Micron Technology, a manufacturer of dynamic random access memory (DRAM), as the young company's first general counsel. It was a critical time for the U.S. semiconductor industry. That year, seven of the United States' leading semiconductor makers left the DRAM business as Japanese companies took over the market and prices drastically declined. In response, Grant initiated the first ever semiconductor antidumping case with the International Trade Commission. As a result, President Reagan imposed duties on Japanese semiconductor manufacturers who were selling their product in the United States below cost. The case laid the groundwork for the U.S.-Japan Semiconductor Trade Agreement of 1986 and is credited by some analysts as having been a significant factor in the survival and growth of Micron in its early years. Grant left Micron in 1996 to work as vice president and general counsel for VLSI Technology in San Jose, California. He retired in 1998 and now lives in Fruitland.
Grant announced in August 2005 that he would run to represent Idaho's 1st District. In November 2005, he became the first Idaho congressional candidate to launch a campaign blog. Grant advocated ensurance of living-wage jobs; affordable, accessible health care; more international cooperation in ending the war in Iraq; and to put the brakes on federal spending. Grant opposes drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. On May 23, 2006, Grant won the Democratic primary for U.S. House in the First District with 75 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Representative Butch Otter announced that he would leave Congress to run for Governor. In a field of six candidates, the controversial Bill Sali, won the primary with 26% of the vote. Sali clashed repeatedly with Republican leadership in the Idaho Legislature. As a result, many Republicans declared they would support Grant. All this gave Grant a boost in the general election, but Sali remained favored given the GOP tilt of the area and the popular Otter at the top of the ticket. Grant made gains late in the campaign, but Sali held on to win 50% to 45%, a close margin considering Idaho's 1st district supported George W. Bush's reelection in 2004 by 68% to 30%
Grant sought a rematch against Sali but withdrew a month before the May 2008 primary and threw his support behind fellow Democrat Walt Minnick, saying he believes Minnick has the best chance to defeat Sali.
Larry Grant was elected as the Chair of the Idaho Democratic Party for a two year term in February 2011. He is making great strides in organizing the party and in 2012 a record number of Democrats ran for office as a result of his recruiting efforts.
Personal life and community service
Grant has been married to Pam Howe Grant for 39 years. They have a son, Ron, and two grandsons, Garrison and Scott. Grant is a member of the board of directors at the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University. He previously served as a director of Western Idaho Training Company in Caldwell, Idaho, which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and as a member of the advisory council to the University of Idaho School of Business.
|Party political offices|
|Democratic Party nominee, Idaho's 1st congressional district