UNITED STATES MARINE
Michael Grimm's service to our nation began at the age of nineteen, when he left college after his freshman year and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps to serve the country that he loves and respects. After serving in the Persian Gulf War and being awarded a Combat Meritorious Promotion to Non-Commissioned Officer, Grimm returned as a combat veteran to an active reserve status and continued his education.
FBI OFFICER/U.S. DEPUTY MARSHAL
While attending college full-time during the day, Grimm went to work as a clerk for the FBI on the midnight shift. After a short time, Grimm was chosen to attend the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center where he completed the Federal Police Officer Training Program graduating with the honor of both the Academic and Physical Fitness awards for his class. Upon returning from training, Grimm was deputized as a U.S. Marshal and entrusted with full arrest authority as a Uniformed Police Officer for the FBI.
FBI SPECIAL AGENT TAKING ON WALL STREET CORRUPTION & ORGANIZED CRIME
With a desire to diversify his background, Grimm left the FBI for a Research Analyst position on Wall Street working for Harmonic Research and, later, the firm of Robb, Peck, McCooey. In a short time, Grimm attained several securities industry licenses and traded small cap stocks. During this period, Grimm attended Bernard M. Baruch College at night to further his education. Upon graduating with his BBA in Accountancy with a concentration in Finance, Grimm felt the pull of public service and returned to the FBI where he was appointed a Special Agent and assigned to the New York office. Although he was assigned to investigate the Gambino Crime Family in the prestigious Organized Crime Branch, Grimm eventually found his niche fighting corruption on Wall Street as a member of the Financial Fraud Squad. While serving on the Fraud squad, Grimm was recognized for excellence and awarded a "QSI" for his untiring work ethic and dedication to serving justice.
ACCOUNTANT & LAWYER
During his service in the FBI, Grimm wanted to compliment his accounting degree with a law degree and attended New York Law School at night, eventually graduating in the top 10 of his class with honors (Magna Cum Laude). Special Agent Grimm was then admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut.
UNDERCOVER FBI AGENT TACKLING CORRUPTION IN POLITICS & BEYOND
It was during his tenure with the Fraud Squad that Grimm started his undercover career, resulting in him being the first FBI Agent to successfully infiltrate Wall Street Operation Wooden Nickel was arguably one of the most successful White Collar undercover investigations in the history of the FBI. As part of the investigation, Grimm maintained a deep undercover role as a hedge fund manager for almost two years while obtaining evidence against more than 50 individuals committing frauds spanning the spectrum from stock manipulation and currency scams to money laundering. Grimm was once again honored by being awarded his second "QSI". After establishing a reputation as a reliable, "go-to" undercover agent, Grimm was enlisted to investigate corrupt politicians in New Jersey, corrupt police officers in Florida, and various other cases often as the lead undercover agent. Living the lives of a "made" member of La Cosa Nostra, a nefarious land developer, a struggling actor/model, a corrupt Wall Street financier, an international money launderer and other personas, Grimm relentlessly fought corruption and served our country proudly.
After approximately 11 years as a Special Agent and more than 5 years serving as a deep Undercover Agent, Grimm decided to leave the FBI to further expand his experience and became an entrepreneur. Grimm founded a small health food restaurant in Manhattan and was a principal in a bio-fuel company located in Austin, Texas. As a small business owner, Grimm met the challenges of navigating a difficult market and tough economy.
SERVING YOU IN CONGRESS
Grimm has been named a rising star in Congress, working around the clock to serve the people he represents in Staten Island Brooklyn. His record in Congress reiterates his commitment to cutting spending, limiting the role of government, and repealing Obamacare. He uses his position to fight for local issues like job creation, overturning the toll hikes, and preserving access to high-quality, affordable healthcare for our seniors. Rep. Grimm serves on the House Financial Services Committee, co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus, and is the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee’s Task Force on Foreign Policy.