Republican Andrew Grant to challenge Ami Bera for 7th District Congressional seat

Republican Andrew Grant to challenge Ami Bera for 7th District Congressional seat


Republican Andrew Grant is challenging the incumbent, Ami Bera in the 7th district race for Congress. Bera has won the last 3 Congressional elections by narrow margins over incumbent Dan Lungren in 2012 and challenger Doug Ose in 2014. In 2016, Bera narrowly defeated Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones.


Bera is a 20 year resident of Elk Grove. Grant resides in Folsom. The district includes the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Galt, Folsom, Ranch Cordova and much of Sacramento county. With Elk Grove being the largest city in the district, Elk Grove voters will play a huge part in the 2018 election for Congress.



The following is a biography provided by Andrew Grant:

Andrew Grant is a candidate for U.S. Congress here in District 7, which includes Elk Grove.
Andrew is running because he deeply loves country and wants this community to have the best
representation possible in Washington. He believes that, with his background and passion for
service, he can make an immediate difference and create opportunities here in our community
for jobs, reduced costs, and improved education. Given his unique national security experience,
he will always contribute to protecting us from threats strengthening America’s role as a force
for freedom.

Californian and U.S. Marine
Born and raised in California’s East Bay, Andrew finished high school and accepted an
appointment at the U.S. Naval Academy. He graduated and was commissioned as a Marine.
Andrew served in a variety of roles, as an intelligence officer and reconnaissance commander –
directing Marines, SEALs, and Scout Snipers – as a Navy Diver, and leading counterdrug
operations with Marine and law enforcement units in Southern California. Andrew has worked
with our South Korean allies against North Korea and with Aussies controlling violence in
Indonesia. Following tours in the Pacific, Andrew was reassigned to the Pentagon to serve on
the Chairman’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. From there, Andrew led national intelligence teams in
multiple combat operations. Andrew deployed to the Middle East and across Europe. He
experienced combat protecting Albanian citizens in Kosovo and while fighting alongside special
forces units against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Andrew finished his uniformed service with the
Defense Intelligence Agency’s North Korea analysis group.

Transformational Diplomacy
Transitioning to civil service, Andrew accepted an appointment from Undersecretary John
Bolton at the U.S. State Department. With his counterterrorism experience, Andrew teamed up
with a fellow appointee to start the first-ever government office specifically designed to combat
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Terrorism. The office led all U.S. diplomatic efforts
against the threat, to include leading a Presidential Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism led by the U.S. and Russia. The Initiative now includes 86 Countries. At State, Andrew also co-wrote the first-ever National Plan to combat WMD Terrorism. The plan included detailed roles for over one hundred separate agencies and programs designed to defeat terrorists or prevent WMD proliferation. The first of its kind, Andrew and the other principal authors were awarded meritorious citations for their efforts. Transitioning from the U.S. Department of State, Andrew accepted a Deputy Team Leader position at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal
Emergency Management Agency, National Incident Response Team in Sacramento. As a
member of one of only three national-level teams organized in response to reforms after
Hurricane Katrina, Andrew deployed to multiple disaster locations, to include Haiti after a major
earthquake, the Southern U.S. border during the BP Oil Spill, and North Dakota during severe

Business, Community Leadership, Education, and Family
Seeking a chance to deepen his relationship with business and the local community, Andrew
and his wife bought and successfully operated a small business while Andrew joined the
executive team at the regional food retailer, Raley’s. At Raley’s, Andrew managed a team of 40,

led corporate risk management efforts (food, worker, and customer safety), and took on special
projects when the company needed someone with policy and operational experience. As a
crisis management expert, Andrew played a significant leadership role for the company during a
significant cyber security event, during an earthquake in the Raley’s market area, and during
the company’s first labor strike.


Most recently, Andrew served as President and CEO of the
Northern California World Trade Center (WTC). The WTC helps regional businesses open up
trading opportunities to export California goods around the world. Their focus is on educating
local business and using their expertise and connections to build a more internationally
connected Northern California. Along with the Naval Academy, Andrew earned graduate
degrees at the American Military University and the National Defense Intelligence College. He
has an MBA from Sacramento State University and completed Harvard University’s National
Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Andrew is active in the community as a member of the
Sacramento County Parks and Recreation Commission, the Folsom-Cordova Unified School
District Measure G Citizen’s Oversight Committee, and as an Adjunct Professor at Los Rios
Community College. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, live in Folsom with their three children


Andrew Grant for Congress


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