Monticello, Florida , United States
|| June 06, 1945
|Last Modifed||Barack O-blame-a|
Dec 01, 2012 01:08pm
Caucasian - Married - Army - Christian - Methodist - Protestant - Straight -
|Info||F. Allen Boyd, Jr. |
Allen Boyd was sworn into office on January 7, 1997, as a Democratic member of the 105th Congress representing Florida's 2nd Congressional District. The District spans 19 counties, from Panama City, through Tallahassee, almost reaching Jacksonville. This area of North Florida is distinctly rural yet surprisingly diverse with an economy reliant on small fishing villages and rural farming operations, as well as the home to major Universities and the State's Capital of Tallahassee.
Congressman Boyd is a Co-Chairman of Congress' Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 33 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives who advocate fiscal responsibility in the federal budgeting process. They are centrist legislators working in a bi-partisan fashion to find practical solutions for the most pressing budget issues. The Blue Dogs have been called upon to lead the House to a comprehensive fiscal policy anchored in federal debt reduction for America and tax relief for all citizens. Boyd was instrumental in the successful efforts by Congress to reach the historical 1997 balanced budget agreement. During his first term, Boyd also led the charge to reform our federal campaign finance laws by serving as a member of the Freshman Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Task Force.
In the 106th Congress, Boyd was appointed by his peers to the powerful and highly-coveted Appropriations Committee where he hopes to restore fairness in funding to North Florida's priorities. Throughout his tenure in Congress, Boyd has worked to protect Florida's military community and bring much-needed aid to the agriculture industry. Additionally, Boyd has been active across the district in the effort to fight drug abuse among Florida's young people. He spearheaded Coalitions United for a Drug Free North Florida, a project to unite and assist local drug prevention programs.
Further, as a farmer and business-owner, Congressman Boyd is conscious of the issues facing small businesses and workers in today's economy. He knows that in order to grow the economy and achieve long-term stability, government must act as a catalyst, not an obstacle, for empowering companies to grow and thrive in a changing world market. He believes that government should provide an economic model for businesses to follow in order to stimulate growth. That central belief has earned him endorsements over the years from the United States Chamber of Commerce and the fiscal watchdog group, the Concord Coalition.
From 1989 until his election to Congress, Boyd served in the Florida House of Representatives. Throughout his career in public service, Boyd has led the charge for government reform and fiscal responsibility. He is also known as an articulate voice for consensus building and reasonable compromise. As Chairman of the Florida House Democratic Conservative Caucus, Boyd helped build bridges between diverse interests on such difficult issues as public education, health care, and welfare reform.
A fifth generation farmer, Boyd graduated from Florida State University in 1969, and served his country in Vietnam. To this day, he continues to oversee the family farm operations on land that has been in his family for five generations. He and his wife, Cissy, reside on their farm in Monticello, FL, with their youngest son, David. Their older children, John and Suzanne, are also Florida residents.
Boyd currently serves on the Military Construction and the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee