|David Keith McCurdy|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 4th district
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||Tom Steed|
|Succeeded by||J. C. Watts|
March 30, 1950 |
David Keith McCurdy (born March 30, 1950) is a U.S. lawyer, politician, conservative Democrat, and a former Oklahoma Congressman from Oklahoma's 4th congressional district. He is president of the American Gas Association.
Early life and education
McCurdy was born in the town of Canadian, Texas, in Hemphill County. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1972 and a law degree there in 1975. He studied international economics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland as a Rotary International Graduate Fellow.
Military service and entry into politics
McCurdy served for seven terms, from 1981 to 1995. In 1980 he ran for Oklahoma's 4th congressional district seat in Congress, succeeding sixteen-term congressman Tom Steed of Shawnee. He trailed Oklahoma House Majority Leader James B. Townsend, also from Shawnee, in the Democratic primary 40% to 34%, then won 51.2% of the vote in the runoff election. McCurdy defeated Townsend with campaign commercials espousing prayer in public and support for a Christ statue in the Wichita mountains, near Lawton.
He then defeated Republican Howard Rutledge 74,245 to 71,339 in the general election, and again in 1982 by a vote of 84,205 to 44,351. He won a third term in 1984 by defeating Jerry Smith 109,447 to 60,844, with Libertarian Gordon Mobley picking up 1% of the vote. After winning 81.9% of the Democratic primary vote in 1986, McCurdy coasted to a fourth term with 94,984 votes (76.1%) over Republican Larry Humphreys. McCurdy had no Republican opponent in 1988, and won in 1990 with 73.6% of the vote in the general election. In 1992 he received 70.7% of the final tally.
Specializing in national security and intelligence issues, McCurdy was appointed to leadership positions in the field including chairmanships of the House Intelligence Committee, Military Installations and Facilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee and the Transportation Aviation and Materials Subcommittee of the Science and Space Committee. According to McCurdy's official biography, he is considered to be the youngest person in Congressional history to chair a full committee.
Other work in Congress
McCurdy founded and chaired a group of moderate and conservative House Democrats called the Mainstreet Forum. At its height in 1994, it counted seventy-two members.
In Congress, McCurdy played a major role in the following pieces of legislation: the 1988 National Superconductivity Competitiveness Act, the 1985 Goldwater-Nichols Act, which re-organized the U.S. Department of Defense, the Nunn-McCurdy Amendment of 1982, requiring congressional notification of Defense cost overruns of 15% or more, and the 1993 National Service Legislation, which originated in a bill introduced by Congressman McCurdy and former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn.
DLC co-founder and 1992 presidential election
In the 1990s, McCurdy was a national chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, a group that sought to moderate the Democratic Party. He was seen as a "rising national star." According to George Stephanopoulos in his political memoir, All Too Human, McCurdy at one point considered his own presidential campaign in 1992, although he eventually supported fellow DLC member Bill Clinton, and delivered a speech seconding his nomination at the Democratic Party National Convention. During the speech, "'McCurdy 2000' signs could be seen in the crowd."
Following Clinton's election, he was considered for United States Secretary of Defense, a job which ultimately went to Les Aspin. McCurdy was also offered the role of Director of Central Intelligence, but turned it down.
1994 run for the U.S. Senate
In 1994, when U.S. Senator David Boren decided to retire from the U.S. Senate before the expiration of his term, McCurdy decided not to seek re-election to the House of Representatives; instead, he ran for the Senate.
He campaigned on military preparedness and family values. He lost the general election to fellow congressman Jim Inhofe, whose campaign ads played clips of McCurdy's speech seconding Clinton's nomination for president. McCurdy took only 39 percent of the vote, and even lost his own congressional district. He sent his congressional records and papers to the Carl Albert Center for Congressional Studies at The University of Oklahoma.
Career after Congress
McCurdy was chairman and chief executive officer of the McCurdy Group L.L.C, and in 1998 he was elected President of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) a national trade organization representing the electronics industry, even though House Majority Leader Tom DeLay held up legislation of benefit to the EIA and threatened it with a loss of access if it did not hire a Republican instead. DeLay was later rebuked by the House Ethics Committee.
On February 12, 2007, he became president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM). Under McCurdy's leadership, AAM supported Obama's National Program to reduce carbon emissions and increase fuel economy standards and a federal ban on texting while driving.
In February 2011, McCurdy became president and CEO of the American Gas Association.
In August 2011, McCurdy began service as a member of the Board of Directors of LMI, a not-for-profit studies and analysis consulting firm headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
- J.C. Watts
- Oklahoma Congressional Districts
- Oklahoma Democratic Party
- Politics of Oklahoma
- Tom Steed
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- "Automakers Support President in Development of National Program for Autos" (Press release). Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. May 18, 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2009.
- John Crawley (September 23, 2009). "Carmakers favor U.S. ban on texting while driving". Reuters. Retrieved November 9, 2009.
- McCurdy official bio at American Gas Association
- McCurdy official bio at Auto Alliance
- Dave McCurdy at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 4th congressional district
J. C. Watts
Anthony C. Beilenson
|Chairman of House Intelligence Committee
|Party political offices|
|Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council