Gwen Graham’s experience as a mother, professional, and consensus builder has given her the skills required to solve complicated problems with commonsense answers. Now, she’s representing you with an independent voice in Washington – working for your family to strengthen education, protect Medicare and create jobs.
Gwen’s path to Northwest Florida is a unique one. She was born in 1963 in Miami Lakes and began spending part of each year in Tallahassee when her father, Bob Graham, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1966. Upon her father’s election as Governor in 1978, their family moved to the state capital year-round. Gwen graduated from Leon High School in 1980.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Gwen earned a law degree from American University in 1988. She then went on to work in the private sector on energy and environmental issues. This experience strengthened her belief that America must become energy independent while also protecting our invaluable natural resources, like Florida’s beaches.
With the birth of her first child, Sarah, in 1990, Gwen left the workplace to focus on her family, and began the most rewarding job she’s had, 13 years as a stay-at-home mom. Her family grew with the addition of two boys, Graham and Mark Ernest. Gwen is married to Stephen D. Hurm, a law enforcement officer and general counsel for Florida’s Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles.
Like Gwen, all three of her children attended public schools in Northwest Florida. She understands how important our public education system is, and she served as PTA president and chair of the School Advisory Council.
With her children in school, Gwen returned to the private sector and was practicing law in Tallahassee when Leon County School Superintendent Jackie Pons asked her to join his administration as director of employee relations, later promoting her to division director for professional standards and chief of labor and employee relations.
Working for the school board to find solutions for disputes between employees and management, Gwen became known as a real problem solver. She developed a strong relationship with both sides, earning a reputation as a cool-headed negotiator, able to build consensus out of conflict.
Gwen brings the same approach to Washington – working with Republicans and Democrats to make a real difference for Northwest Florida families. Using her strong experience as a parent, professional, and consensus builder, Gwen has been working to get things done from day one, fighting for the middle class, to invest in our schools, protect Medicare and create jobs.
Gwen’s roots in our community run deep. She understands the issues facing your family and the unique lifestyle in the Panhandle, and she’s representing you with an independent voice in Congress.