Jeremy Gray

Updated: August 07, 2022 at 12:12 PM CST

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Who is Jeremy Gray?
Jeremy Gray

Jeremy Askew Gray is an accomplished public servant, entrepreneur, and community leader. He presently serves as the State Representative for District 83 in the Alabama House of Representatives. Representative Gray is passionate about elevating his community. His principles of community empowerment and engagement are a result of an upbringing in a strong family and a desire to improve his community.

Representative Gray is a native of Opelika, Alabama and was a three-sport athlete at Opelika High School. He gained notoriety as a high school football player, and his athletic ability earned him a scholarship to North Carolina State University where he was a standout player. His athletic ability in conjunction with leadership skills earned him the role of team captain. During his time as a college athlete, Representative Gray was an honor student and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management.

After completing his undergraduate studies in 2008, Representative Gray embarked upon a career as a professional football player for the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League. He also served on the U.S. Handball Team at Auburn University. These experiences afforded him the opportunity to travel and learn about new cultures. The end of his athletic career gave him the opportunity to foster his passion for health, nutrition, and holistic wellness.

In 2015, Representative Gray returned to his home in East Alabama with the goal of giving back to his community. His desire to empower and elevate his community led him to share his passion for health and wellness through personal training. During this time, he founded “EYG” – Elevate Your Grind which is a lifestyle brand that focuses on empowerment through mental and physical wellness. This business venture led to Representative Gray being fondly known as “Mr. EYG” by members of the East Alabama community. Representative Gray also founded The Curtis House, a nonprofit organization that was named in honor of his great grandfather, Lottie B. Curtis, who lived a life of service to his family, community, church, and Country as a World War II Navy Veteran. Representative Gray embodies his great grandfather’s spirit and continues his legacy of service to the community.

In 2018, Representative Gray’s desire to elevate his community led him to the political arena. As a political newcomer, Representative Gray was able to defeat seasoned political opponents to receive the Democratic nomination to represent District 83 in the Alabama House of Representatives. Representative Gray was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in a landslide election with 63% of the vote.

Representative Gray’s leadership qualities were immediately recognized by his colleagues in the Alabama House of Representatives when they elected him to become a Minority Whip. He serves on the House Commerce and Small Business Committee, House Health Committee, House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, and Lee County Legislation Committee. Representative Gray is respected by his peers in both the Democratic and Republican parties and was nominated by Governor Kay Ivey to serve on the Alabama Statewide Health Coordinating Council and Innovate Alabama. Representative Gray is also recognized as a leader beyond the State of Alabama. He was invited to join exclusive groups for political leaders to include Southern Legislative Conference’s Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills (CALS), New Deal Leaders, Millennial Action Project, and National Conference of State Legislators Early Childhood Fellowship.

The 2021 legislative session brought Representative Gray great success. During this time, he was able to pass legislation that was recognized both nationally and internationally. He sponsored legislation that lifted the 28-year ban on yoga in Alabama’s K-12 public schools. This legislation led to an invitation to discuss its impact on MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes”. During the 2021 session, he also sponsored legislation for a state-level matching fund program for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Technology Transfer Research.

Representative Gray is filled with an incredible desire to obtain knowledge that will help him continue to impact his community. He is currently pursuing an Executive Master of Business Administration with a Leadership Concentration in Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. He is also committed to collaborating with other pro-growth leaders to exchange ideas that may benefit his community.

Representative Gray has been recognized for his leadership and service. He was a member of Rural Leader Magazine’s 20 under 40 Top 4 and an Opelika Chamber of Commerce 20 Under 40 Alum. He was also recognized by the Opelika Chamber of Commerce as the 2021 Visionary Award recipient, Council of State Government as a 20 Under 40 Leadership Award recipient, and named 2021 Legislator of the Year by the Alabama NAACP.

Representative Gray is also an active member of his community. He is the Chair of Lee County Voters League, and an active member of Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church. Representative Gray is committed to being a “servant leader” and elevating, educating, and empowering his community.

Status: Alabama State Representative for District 83
Party: Democrat
Location: Opelika, AL - Lee County
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Contact Information

Known contact information for Jeremy Gray from Opelika, AL.

  • 11 South Union Street, Suite 536-C
    Montgomery, AL 36104
  • Phone: 334-261-9505
  • Official Email: [email protected]

Education Information

Known educational history for Jeremy Gray from Opelika, AL.

  • MBA, Business Administration, Auburn University, 2020-2022
  • BS, Sports Management, North Carolina State University, 2004-2008

Political Information

Known political history for Jeremy Gray from Opelika, AL.

  • Candidate, Alabama State House of Representatives, District 83, 2018, 2022
  • Representative, Alabama State House of Representatives, District 83, 2018-present

Professions Information

Known professional history for Jeremy Gray from Opelika, AL.

  • Site Manager, The Curtis House, Limited Liability Company, 2017-present
  • Founder/Board Member, Elevate Your Grind, Incorporated, 2015-present
  • Cornerback, Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club Incorporated, 2015
  • Fitness Instructor, Opelika Sportsplex Fitness Center, 2013-2015
  • Fitness Instructor, Greater Peace Health Ministry, 2014-present

Organizations Information

Known organizational history for Jeremy Gray from Opelika, AL.

  • Member, Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church, present
  • Member, 100 Black Men of Opelika/Auburn, present
  • President, Lee County Voter's League, 2020-present
  • Committee Member of Youth Caucus, Alabama State Democratic Executive Committee, 2019-present
  • Minority Whip, Alabama House Democratic Caucus Incorporated, 2019-present
  • Advisory Member, Ombudsman Advisory Committee, 2017-present
  • Founder, The Curtis House, 2017-present
  • Member, Opelika Community of Hope Advisory Board, 2017-present
  • Graduate, Opelika's Chambers 20 Under Forty, 2016-2017
  • Member, Business Education Advisory Committee, 2016-present
  • Coordinator, STEM-U-LATOR Program, 2015
  • Member, Opelika High School Career Tech
  • Served, United States Handball Team at Auburn University

Election History

Jeremy Gray from Opelika, AL has participated in elections listed below in the state of Alabama.

Sponsored Bills

View legislative bills that Jeremy Gray has sponsored.

Relating to state holidays; to amend Section 1-3-8, Code of Alabama 1975, to add Juneteenth as a state holiday; and to delete duplicative language and make nonsubstantive, technical revisions to update the existing code language to current style.
Relating to child-care facilities; to add Section 38-7-3.1 to the Code of Alabama 1975; to exempt certain child-care facilities that provide instructional cultural arts programs from licensure requirements; to require exempt child-care facilities to comply with fire and health codes and certain other policies; to require exempt child-care facilities to provide notice that the facility is not licensed and to require parents to submit an affidavit confirming the notice; to require the Department of Human Resources to inspect certain exempt child-care facilities; and to allow the district attorney to investigate certain allegations against an exempt child-care facility.
Relating to public K-12 sports; to create the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act; to require the State Board of Education to adopt certain guidelines and information sheets regarding sudden cardiac arrest and distribute those information sheets to students, parents, and coaches; to require coaches to undergo certain training related to sudden cardiac arrest and to remove students who exhibit symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest from play; to require students and parents to acknowledge consent of certain informational materials related to sudden cardiac arrest; to establish certain penalties for coaches and to protect a coach from certain liability related to sudden cardiac arrest.

Economic development, to create a small business micro-loan program, to establish a micro-loan tax credit for the benefit of the micro-loan program, Secs. 41-10-840 to 41-10-843, inclusive, added.
Education, public K-12 schools, requires installation of water bottle filling stations
Court-imposed fines, Dept. of Corrections, inmates, 180-day grace period provided for payment of fines upon release from physical custody

Innovate Alabama Matching Grant Program, matching grants to entities receiving Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology grants, Secs. 41-10-820 to 41-10-823, inclusive, added.
Breweries, distilleries, daily limit on amount beer or liquor sold to customers eliminated, Sec. 28-3A-6 am'd.
Public K-12 schools, drinking water use in schools, water bottle filling stations, water coolers, and drinking fountains
Public K-12 schools, drinking water provided in schools, water bottle use to be regulated
Monuments, Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017, a county or municipality authorize to remove any monument located on public property for less than 50 years, a waiver required from Committee on Alabama Monument Protection before monument can be removed that has been situated for 50 years of more, Sec. 41-9-230 repealed; Secs. 41-9-231 to 41-9-237, inclusive, am'd.
Ad valorem tax on real property, senior property tax appraisal for persons age 70 or older on principal residence used for 10 years, appraisal value frozen on immediate prior year, exceptions, rules by Revenue Dept.
State sales and use tax increased, phase-in period, sales and use tax on food phased out, exempt by 2007, counties and municipalities prohibited from increasing sales tax on food, Secs. 40-23-2, 40-23-61 am'd.
Expungement, criminal records, allow a person to refuse to divulge an expungement, limited access to conviction records provided, penalties, exceptions, Sec. 5-22-6.1 added; Sec. 15-27-1 am'd.
Voting, automatic voter registration, process established
Voter registration, authorize registration same day as election, Sec. 17-3-50 am'd.
Medicaid, expand program to provide assistane to state residents, provide appropriations for adequate funding
Medicaid, extend postpartum coverage for eligible pregnant women to one year after birth
Election ballots, straight political party ballots prohibited, constitutional amendment ballot measure, contents may not mislead description of, Secs. 17-6-36, 17-6-37. 17-6-38, 17-6-39 repealed; Secs. 17-6-35, 17-6-41, 17-7-21 am'd.
Criminal procedure, asset forfeiture for drug offenses provided, Alabama Criminal Forfeiture Process Act, Secs. 20-2-93 repealed
Corrections Dept., inmates being released, application for nondriver identification authorized, Sec. 14-10-1 am'd.
State employees, cost-of-living increase for fiscal year beginning October 1, 2020.
Taxation, exempt state, county, and municipal sales and use tax from certain entities
Education, grades K-12, yoga, authorize local boards of education to offer to students
Motor vehicles, electric bicycles, operation and regulation provided, Sec. 32-5A-267 added; Secs. 32-1-1.1, 32-12-20, 32-12A-1 am'd.

Russell Co., coroner, salary increased, Act 2002-448, 2002 Reg. Sess., am'd.
Motor vehicles, electric bicycles, operation and regulation provided, Sec. 32-5A-267 added; Secs. 32-1-1.1, 32-12-20, 32-12A-1 am'd.
Education, grades K-12, yoga, authorize local boards of education to offer to students

HB 449
Education, grades K-12, yoga, authorize local boards of education to offer to students

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