Larry Grant (politician)
|Chair of the Idaho Democratic Party|
February 2011 – August 2013
|Preceded by||R. Keith Roark|
|Succeeded by||Larry Kenck|
February 1, 1946 |
Boise, Idaho, United States
|Alma mater||Columbia University (B.A. 1968), University of Denver (J.D., 1971)|
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 was chair of Idaho Democratic Party￼￼ from 2011 to 2013.
Grant has been married to Pam Howe Grant for 40+ years. They have a son and two grandsons. He retired in 1998 and now lives in Fruitland, Idaho.
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 announced in August 2005 that he would run to represent Idaho's 1st District.
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.
Grant served has Allen Schmid, a candidate for Representative - District 9, treasurer.
Idaho Democrat Party Chair
Larry Grant was elected as the Chair of the Idaho Democratic Party for a two-year term in February 2011. He made great strides in organizing the party and in 2012 a record number of Democrats ran for office as a result of his recruiting efforts. Grant step down from being State Chair in 2013. 
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
He previously served as a member of the advisory council to the University of Idaho School of Business.
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|Party political offices|
R. Keith Roark
|Chair of the Idaho Democratic Party
February 2011- August 2013
|Party political offices|
|Democratic Party nominee, Idaho's 1st congressional district