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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Florida's 19th district
June 25, 2014 – January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Trey Radel|
|Succeeded by||Francis Rooney|
Curtis Jay Clawson|
September 28, 1959
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
|Residence||Bonita Springs, Florida|
Harvard Business School
Curtis Jay Clawson (born September 28, 1959) is an American politician who was the United States Representative for Florida's 19th congressional district from 2014 to 2017. He is the former chief executive of Hayes Lemmerz, a Michigan-based automobile wheel and brakes supplier.
Education and career
Clawson attended Batesville High School in Batesville, Indiana. A high school basketball star, he was recruited by Gene Keady. After attending the University of Utah for one year and serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Clawson transferred to Purdue University. At Purdue, he was a 2x All-Academic Big Ten selection (1982–83 and 1983–84). He was a team captain for the 1983–84 Big Ten Champions, was a member of 2x NCAA teams (1982–83 and 1983–84) and an NIT Finalist team (1981–82). He graduated in 1984 with a BA in Spanish and a BS from the Krannert School of Management. He was named a "Purdue Old Master" in 2010 and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014
U.S. House of Representatives
Clawson was the Republican Party nominee in a special election to fill the seat being vacated by Trey Radel. and won the election on June 24, 2014. In the April 22, 2014 Republican primary—the real contest in this heavily Republican district—Clawson defeated State Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto and former State Representative Paige Kreegel with 38% of the vote to Benacquisto's 26% and Kreegel's 25%. Clawson was endorsed in the primary by the Tea Party Express. He spent $2 million on advertising and in one of his ads he challenged U.S. President Barack Obama to a game of one on one basketball.
Clawson won a full term in November 2014 with 64 percent of the vote.
In May 2016, Clawson announced that he would not seek re-election that year, citing the death of his mother in the summer of 2015 and how it "affected him and his father more deeply than he had thought it would." "With the passing of my mom, it’s a good time to show support for my dad and be close to (him),” Clawson said.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Curt Clawson.|
- Curt Clawson at Curlie (based on DMOZ)
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
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| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 19th congressional district