State House, District 64

Published August 14 2014
Updated August 15 2014

State House | District 64

The District 64 contest pitting Republicans James Grant, whose father was a longtime state lawmaker, against Miriam Steinberg, whose husband, Democrat Michael Steinberg, ran against Grant four years ago, will appear on the primary ballot — but may not count pending court action. A judge disqualified a write-in candidate who would have appeared on the November ballot, meaning that the election would need to be open to all eligible registered voters, not only Republicans. As of early this week, that was on appeal and could change. Elisabeth Parker, Times staff writer

James Grant, 31

State representative, District 64

Miriam Steinberg, 54

Production engineer

Experience James Grant is a lawyer and the son of longtime lawmaker John Grant. In 2011, he started LifeSync Technologies, a company that then quickly won a Hardee County economic development contract to provide cloud-based medical records. In Tallahassee, he is the chairman of the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee and vice chairman of the State Affairs Committee. He has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association. Miriam Steinberg came to the United States from Israel when she was 12, speaking no English. She served food and bagged groceries as a teen and young adult through college and now has a real estate license in addition to working as an engineer. Her husband is Michael Steinberg, a lawyer and the former head of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party, who unsuccessfully ran against James Grant four years ago.
EducationBachelor's degree from Auburn University, law degree from Stetson UniversityBachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Florida, graduate certificate in regulatory affairs from USF
Priority in LegislatureGrant wants to "make Florida the best state in the union to raise a family and run a business by ensuring that the reach of the government goes only so far as necessary to perform the appropriate functions of government and not an inch further." Steinberg wants to expand eligibility for Medicaid benefits to receive more federal funding under the Affordable Care Act. She also wants to promote development and use of renewable energy and reduce taxes on commercial leases to promote business growth.
Do you support or oppose accepting the federal Medicaid expansion funding?"I absolutely oppose Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. It is a false premise to suggest that there is 'free money' waiting for us in Washington. ... As I have stated publicly, I believe that by embracing innovative care delivery models like the Patient Centered Medical Home, Florida could potentially provide health care to everyone that truly needs it for less money than we are spending to cover the existing population of Medicaid beneficiaries." "I support accepting the federal Medicaid expansion funding. I do not support a private insurance option, however, I would support the option if that's what it took to pass legislation to accept the federal funding."
AssetsHouse, truck, boat and bank accounts totaling $447,786House, 401(k) and bank accounts totaling $557,244
LiabilitiesStudent loans, truck, boat loans and mortgage totaling $164,972 Loans totaling $221,000
Income$90,529 from LifeSync Technologies, state Legislature and capital gains$56,568 salary from Honeywell
PersonalSingle Married with three adult children
Email[email protected][email protected]

About the job: District 64 covers a large swath of northwest Hillsborough and northeast Pinellas counties, including Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Oldsmar and Safety Harbor. Representatives are paid $29,697 a year.