Allen Boyd

Allen Boyd, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1997  January 3, 2011
Preceded by Pete Peterson
Succeeded by Steve Southerland
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1945-06-06) June 6, 1945
Valdosta, Georgia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Stephanie "Cissy" Roush (separated)
Children David Boyd, John, Suzanne,
Residence Monticello, Florida
Alma mater Florida State University
Occupation farmer
Religion Methodist
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Unit Infantry
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Fred Allen Boyd Jr. (born June 6, 1945) is the former United States Representative for Florida's 2nd congressional district from 1997 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He currently works for a lobbying firm, the Twenty-First Century Group.[1][2]

Early life, education and career

Boyd was born in Valdosta, Georgia to Margaret Elizabeth Finlayson and Fred Allen Boyd.[3] He was educated at Florida State University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After graduating in 1969, Boyd served as an infantry officer in Vietnam with the United States Army.[4]

Florida House of Representatives

Boyd served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1989 to 1997.

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

Boyd is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.

Political positions

Drug War

Iraq War

2008 financial crisis

Health care

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Political campaigns


Boyd entered the 1996 Democratic primary for the 2nd in 1996, after three-term Democratic incumbent Pete Peterson announced his retirement. He led a three-way Democratic primary with 48 percent of the vote, a few thousand votes short of outright victory. He then won the runoff with 64 percent of the vote and easily won the election in November. He was reelected with no major-party opposition in 1998 and defeated an underfunded Republican in 2000.

In 2002, however, the Republican-controlled state legislature significantly altered Boyd's district. Part of heavily Democratic Tallahassee, which has anchored the district since its formation in 1963 (as the 9th District; it was renumbered the 2nd in 1967) was shifted to the Jacksonville-based 3rd District. In its place, heavily Republican Panama City was shifted from the Pensacola-based 1st District to the 2nd. On paper, this made the district considerably friendlier to Republicans; Al Gore narrowly won the old 2nd in 2000, but George W. Bush would have narrowly won the district under its current boundaries. However, Boyd was handily reelected with 66 percent of the vote in 2002 against another underfunded Republican. In 2004, Boyd faced his first serious test in the form of state representative Bev Kilmer, but Boyd turned back this challenge fairly easily, taking 62 percent of the vote even as George W. Bush carried the district with 54 percent of the vote. Boyd was unopposed for reelection in 2006 and defeated a nominal Republican challenger in 2008.


In 2010, Boyd fended off a spirited challenge in the primary from a somewhat more liberal Democrat, State Senator Al Lawson, with whom he'd served in the state house. In the general election, Boyd was defeated by Republican nominee Steve Southerland in the 2010 election, taking only 41 percent of the vote. Independent candidates Paul C. McKain and Dianne Berryhill were also on the ballot; Ray Netherwood qualified as a write-in candidate.[15]

Personal life

Boyd is married and has 3 grown children (2 sons and 1 daughter). His son John was imprisoned in 2008 for transporting illegal narcotics and illegal aliens into the United States from Mexico.[16] On September 30, 2009, it was announced that Boyd and his wife of 40 years, Cissy, had filed for divorce once before in 1997, but the couple reconciled. However, in 2002, a joint dismissal of the divorce filing was submitted. There is no additional information on their recent separation other than they stated it is not connected to their previous separation.[17][18]

Boyd is a fifth-generation farmer from Monticello, Florida and is the majority owner of Boyd Family Farms Inc.[19] It is currently receiving farm subsidies[20] appropriated by the same Appropriations Subcommittee of which Boyd was a member. Boyd has received almost $1.3 million in federal farm subsidies since 1996, placing him in the top 3 percent of farmers receiving subsidies nationally, and 12th among more than 5,300 farms in his district that received subsidy money over this period.[21]


  1. Twenty-First Century Group (2011). Former Congressman Allen Boyd Joins Twenty-First Century Group. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  2. (2011). Former Blue Dogs find lobby deals. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
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  4. Project Vote Smart - Representative Allen Boyd Jr. - Biography
  5. "Bill Text - 107th Congress (2001-2002) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  6. "Allen Boyd on Drugs". Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  7. "Bailout Roll Call". 2008-10-03. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  8. "Stimulus Roll Call". 2009-01-28. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  9. "House Roll Call #968 Details". OpenCongress. 2009-12-11. Archived from the original on 16 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  11. Herszenhorn, David M. (2010-03-19). "Boyd and Bishop to Support House Bill - Prescriptions Blog -". Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  12. "Boyd pushes to raise BP's reimbursement | boyd, pushes, raise - News". The News Herald. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  13. "Boyd, officials huddle to plan for oil/storm scenario | panama, boyd, plan - News". The News Herald. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  14. "Blog Archive » Allen Boyd For U.S. Congress: Gulf seafood safety task force". Capital Soup. 2010-06-11. Archived from the original on 15 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  15. Primary Results, The Washington Post, August 25, 2010
  16. "Florida Congressman's Son Arrested For Smuggling Aliens | AHN". 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  17. "US Rep. Allen Boyd, wife separate - WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida". 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  18. "Boyd, wife separate after four-decade marriage - Northwest Florida Daily News". 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  19. EWG Farm Subsidy Database - Ownership Information
  20. EWG Farm Subsidy Database - Boyd Family Farm Subsidies
  21. Boyd's farms received nearly $1.3 million in federal subsidies since 1996 May 31, 2009. Retrieved December 29, 2009.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Pete Peterson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Steve Southerland
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