Grant is a fifth generation Floridian whose family lived in North Florida before statehood. He is a former Member of the Florida State Senate and the United States Congress and his party’s nominee to the U.S. Senate.
Prior to beginning his political career, he organized and ran several North Florida commercial banks and was twice elected president of the Florida Bankers Association.
After leaving politics, he organized and now serves as CEO of MK Meridian, Inc., an international conflict resolution, trade, and diplomatic advisory firm.
In that capacity, he has mediated numerous sovereign and commercial conflicts across Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
He helped organize the United Africa Association, a 13-nation effort for promoting pan-African self-help, free-enterprise capitalism, and democracy.
In 1997, with the assistance of the government of Egypt, he negotiated the end to the first Somali civil war and authored a draft constitutional government for that nation.
He has been the senior advisor to two sovereign foreign governments and twice served as Special United States Congressional Envoy to international trouble spots.
He has also served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Chemical, LLC, a multi-faceted chemical production facility in the former Soviet country of Ukraine, with 11,000 employees and a worldwide market.
Among his many and varied civic endeavors, he is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Florida State University Foundation; President of the Florida 4-H Foundation; and a Life Board Member of the Dick Houser Center for Childhood Services.
Grant is married the former Janet Krawiec and has four children; John Alan, Carter Richmond, Madison Kathleen, and Kinsey Regan.