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Curt Clawson

Curt Clawson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 19th district
Assumed office
June 25, 2014
Preceded by Trey Radel
Personal details
Born (1959-09-28) September 28, 1959
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Purdue University
Harvard Business School
Religion Mormonism
Website House website

Curtis J. Clawson (born September 28, 1959) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Florida's 19th congressional district since 2014. He is the former chief executive of Hayes Lemmerz, a Michigan-based automobile wheel and brakes supplier.[1][2]

Education and career

Clawson attended Batesville High School in Batesville, Indiana. A high school basketball star, he was recruited by Gene Keady for Purdue University.[3] 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).[4] He graduated in 1984 with a BA in Spanish and a BS from the Krannert School of Management.[3] He was named a "Purdue Old Master" in 2010 and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014[3]

In 1990, he earned an MBA from Harvard University.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives


2014 special election

Clawson was the Republican Party nominee in a special election to fill Florida's 19th district U.S. House of Representatives seat vacated by Trey Radel.[5] and won the election on June 24, 2014. On April 22, 2014, 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%.[5] Clawson was endorsed in the primary by the Tea Party Express.[4] 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.[4]


Clawson delivered the Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union Address in 2015.[6]

Electoral history

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Curt Clawson 26,857 38
Republican Lizbeth Benacquisto 18,032 26
Republican Paige Kreegel 17,762 25
Republican Michael Dreikorn 7,560 11
Total votes 70,211 100
Florida's 19th Congressional District special election, 2014[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Curt Clawson 66,917 66.95
Democratic April Freeman 29,306 29.32
Libertarian Ray Netherwood 3,729 3.73
Total votes 99,958 100


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  3. ^ a b c d Curtis J. Clawson : College of Liberal Arts : Purdue University
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  5. ^ a b Sullivan, Sean. Curt Clawson wins Republican nomination in Florida special election, Washington Post, April 23, 2014.
  6. ^ Topaz, Jonathan (January 20, 2015) – "Tea Party Response to Obama Hits Soft Tones". POLITICO. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Trey Radel
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 19th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
David Jolly
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Alma Adams

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