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Assemblymember Grayson was elected to serve in the California Assembly in November 2016 as the representative of the 14th Assembly District, which encompasses portions of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. He is the son of a Teamster father and his mother was a public transit worker. He is the first in his family to earn a college degree. In 2010, Grayson was elected to serve on the Concord City Council, winning reelection in 2014 and serving on the Council until his election to the Assembly. He also served as Concord’s Mayor from 2014 – 2015.
Since being elected to the Assembly, Grayson has focused on housing and transportation, increasing access to higher education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning, mitigating human trafficking, and helping individuals with autism. Four of the bills Grayson has authored so far this session have been signed in to law.
Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Grayson helped annually balance the City of Concord’s $90 million budget while including a 30% reserve for emergencies, and he spearheaded the Fiscal Sustainability Ordinance which used extra one-time funds to help pay off unfunded pension and healthcare obligations.
More than 1,700 jobs were created in Concord during Grayson’s time on the Council, and he was the author of the “Concord First” policy that required specific projects pay living wages, hire local workers, and source materials from local businesses.
Assemblymember Grayson also worked to create programs supporting families and youth, including co-founding the Central Family Justice Center to assist victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and child and elderly abuse. He worked to return truant older students to school as part of the Concord’s Daytime Curfew Ordinance to prevent crimes during daytime hours, as well as other efforts aimed at reducing gang violence and bringing needed assistance services to the homeless.
Grayson continues to serve as the Concord Police Department’s Critical Response Chaplain, a position he has held since 2007, providing emotional support and counseling to first responders, victims, and their families during and after critical crimes cases and events. Grayson also has maintained a license as a general building contractor since 1997.
He has been a longtime advocate for affordable and local higher education, and has worked to set aside 150 acres for a future 4-year university in Contra Costa County. Contra Costa is currently the only county in the state with more than 1 million residents that does not have a 4-year public university.
Grayson serves on the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee, the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee, the Committee on Rules, the Assembly Local Government Committee, and the Assembly Select Committee on STEM Education. Grayson chairs the Select Committee on Streamlining Services for Victims of Interpersonal Violence.
Assemblymember Grayson is eligible to serve up to twelve years in the Legislature through 2028. A long time East Bay resident, Tim lives in Concord with Tammy, his wife of more than 28 years, and their children, Joe and Cassie.