HON. ALLEN BOYD
From 1997 to 2011, Allen Boyd represented the 2nd Congressional District of Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1999, he was appointed to the exclusive Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives where he worked to bring funding to the priorities of North Florida, including it's military community, agriculture industry, and transportation systems. Boyd served on a number of sub-committees of the House Appropriations Committee, including Financial Services, Agriculture and Rural Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Defense. In his role on the Committee, he oversaw the budgets of multiple agencies, including the Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Pentagon, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Boyd focused much of his effort on ensuring that America maintained a strong military and continued to have a world-class agriculture production industry.
During his tenure, Boyd also served on the House Armed Services and Budget Committees. He became known as a leading voice on fiscal responsibility, joining the Budget Committee in 2007. As a member of the Budget Committee, he was actively involved in every aspect of the nation’s fiscal policy.
Throughout his tenure in Congress, Boyd was a leader of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of Democratic members in the House who advocate for fiscal responsibility in the federal budgeting process. He was instrumental in the successful efforts by Congress to reach the historic 1997 balanced budget agreement. Additionally, as the Blue Dog Co-Chair for the Administration in the 110th Congress, Boyd led the charge for the return to pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules in the House.
Prior to being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives Boyd served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1989-1996. While in the State House, he was known as an articulate voice for consensus building and reasonable compromise. As Chairman of the Florida House Democratic Conservative Caucus, he helped build bridges between diverse interests on such difficult issues as public education, healthcare, and welfare reform. He served as Chairman of the Governmental Operations Committee, and later chaired the powerful House Rules and Calendar Committee in his last term.
After serving 14 years in the United States House of Representatives, Boyd served as a Senior Advisor to Twenty-First Century Group from 2011 to 2014. During his tenure at Twenty First Century Group, Boyd offered strategic advice and planning to various clients in telecommunications, energy, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, and healthcare fields, among others.
A fifth generation farmer, Boyd graduated from Florida State University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, then served his country in Vietnam as a rifle platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division. To this day, he continues to oversee the family farm operations on land that has been in his family since 1835.