Geoffrey’s Biography

Geoffrey Grammer is a Democrat, veteran, family man and physician running for U.S. Congress in Maryland’s 6th district open seat. With compassion and courage as his guiding principles, Geoffrey is committed to fighting for Marylanders in Congress to secure our democracy. He believes in doing what is right, even if it’s not easy.


Serving in the U.S. Army for 25 years, Geoffrey completed three deployments: twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. During Geoffrey’s first deployment to Iraq, Christiane Amanpour interviewed him on “60 Minutes” to discuss leading mental health professionals into remote combat areas to ensure soldiers didn’t have to travel dangerous routes to receive care. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for being the main driving force behind carrying out his unit’s wartime mission, as well as the Combat Action Badge for direct combat engagement.


During his military career, he held the position of Chief of Inpatient Psychiatric Services at Walter Reed. Later, he took on the role of Chief of Research at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence and concluded his Army service as the National Director for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. Recognizing his exceptional leadership in research, clinical care and education, Geoffrey was awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit. He retired in 2017, having earned the rank of colonel.


After his military service, Geoffrey became the Chief Medical Officer for one of the nation’s largest behavioral health practices. As a recognized authority, he has published extensively in the field of treatment-resistant depression.


Geoffrey moved to Maryland in 1992 after obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech. He then joined the Army and earned his Medical Doctor degree at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed residencies in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and further obtained subspecialty certifications in Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry.


Geoffrey, his wife, Mary El, their four children – Joshua, Daniel, Riley and Philip – and their two rescue dogs, Rosie and Sandy, foster rescue puppies to socialize them for adoption. Geoffrey relaxes by riding his motorcycle on the beautiful backroads throughout Maryland’s 6th district.