Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R)

Industry
Insurance, Local Government
Education
B.S., Texas Wesleyan University, 1965
Committees
Not yet assigned
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Granger, who was elected to the U.S. House in 1997, was a high school English and journalism teacher early in her career and in 1978 opened her own insurance agency, operating it for more than 20 years. 

  • Granger was the first female mayor of Fort Worth; she was elected in 1991. 

  • Granger makes rental income on various properties in Fort Worth valued at between $5,001 and $15,000 yearly. 

Property

  • Owns a duplex in Fort Worth valued at $530,100

Analysis

  • Granger's top contributors in the last election cycle were Northrop Gruman, Berkshire Hathaway and United Technologies. 

  • The Texas Observer reported in 2000 that Granger had used her committee posts to push for funding for projects in her district — and projects that benefited her monetarily. Granger secured millions of dollars in federal funds in the late 1990s to build a commuter rail from Fort Worth to Dallas. Granger had previously purchased an old building across from the Intermodal Transportation Center, a multi-use transportation hub sitting in a prime tourist area, and renovated it, dramatically increasing its value. Granger told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at the time: “I bought the property knowing that the trains are going to be there, and the bus transfer center. It was a great location.”   

  • Granger has also made headlines for securing more than $50 million in earmarks to benefit downtown Fort Worth and the Trinity River. Texas Watchdog reported that her son, JD Granger, was the executive director of the Trinity River Vision Authority, which manages a flood control and river redevelopment project. The Washington Post reported that until 2010, Granger co-owned a condominium building with her son roughly a half-mile from the project. Granger’s office did not respond to requests for comment. Her spokesman told the Post that "the congresswoman has always given her support to qualified programs in full compliance with the House Ethics Committee and the rules of the House of Representatives."