Curt Clawson

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Curt Clawson
Curt Clawson 2014 Congressional Photo.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 19
In office
June 24, 2014 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PredecessorTrey Radel (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$9,485,978
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBatesville High School
Bachelor'sPurdue University, 1984
Master'sHarvard University, 1990
Office website
Campaign website
Curt Clawson (b. September 28, 1959) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Clawson was elected by voters from Florida's 19th Congressional District. He won the special election to the U.S. House on June 24, 2014.[1] Clawson won the Republican nomination in the primary election on April 22, 2014, and the general election on June 24, 2014.[2][3]

He won re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 19th Congressional District of Florida in 2014.[4] He defeated April Freeman (D) and Ray Netherwood (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Clawson's academic, professional and political career:[5]

  • 1978-1979: University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • 1984: Graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. and B.S.
  • 1990: Graduated from Harvard University with an M.B.A.
  • 2014-Present: U.S. Representative, Florida's 19th Congressional District


Clawson worked as a top executive with Honeywell and American National Can Company[6] He also served as CEO, president and chairman of Hayes Lemmerz International Inc., and served as a director of Lear Corporation.[7]

Key votes

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[8] Clawson joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[9][10]



Mistaken U.S. officials

On July 24, 2014, Clawson mistakenly addressed what he believed were two members of the Indian government--but were actually two senior members of the U.S. government-- at a House hearing and assured them that he would support all efforts to facilitate a better relationship between America and "your country" and "your government."[11]

Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar are Indian-Americans who serve as assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs and assistant secretary and director general of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, respectively.[11]

Clawson continued on by heaping praise upon India while addressing Biswal and Kumar, apparently unaware of his confusion.[12]

"I'm familiar with your country; I love your country. Anything I can do to make the relationship with India better, I'm willing and enthusiastic about doing so...Just as your capital is welcome here to produce good-paying jobs in the U.S., I'd like our capital to be welcome there. I ask cooperation and commitment and priority from your government in so doing. Can I have that?," Clawson said in the hearing.[12]




Regular election

See also: Florida's 19th Congressional District elections, 2014

Clawson won re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 19th Congressional District of Florida.[4] He ran unopposed as a Republican candidate in the primary election on August 26, 2014. He then defeated April Freeman (D) and Ray Netherwood (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[13]

U.S. House, Florida District 19 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCurt Clawson Incumbent 64.6% 159,354
     Democratic April Freeman 32.7% 80,824
     Libertarian Ray Netherwood 2.7% 6,671
     Write-in Timothy Rossano 0% 12
Total Votes 246,861
Source: Florida Division of Elections

Special election

See also: Florida's 19th Congressional District special election, 2014

Clawson won election in the 2014 special election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 19th District.[1][3] Clawson won the Republican nomination in the primary election on April 22, 2014.[2] He defeated Democratic nominee April Freeman, Libertarian Ray Netherwood and write in candidate Timothy Rossano in the general election.[3] The general election took place on June 24, 2014.[14]


  • Former 19th District candidate Byron Donalds (R) endorsed Clawson on February 20, 2014.[15]
    • Donalds said, "I think he's the best candidate in the race. What we need in Washington are people who have outside experience, real leadership, and he provides that...I really did look at the field very strongly, and that's why I made the decision to endorse him."[15]
  • Former Rep. Connie Mack endorsed Clawson on March 4, 2014.[16]
    • “Sometimes it takes outsiders from outside the political process to step up and lead to change the direction of our country. Curt Clawson is a businessman who has experience in making tough decisions to cut spending and save jobs. There aren’t too may former CEOs of $2.2 billion companies with experience at that level who are willing to offer themselves as a candidate for Congress,” Mack said in a statement[16]
  • Rand Paul endorsed Clawson on April 14, 2014.[17]
    • “Washington is desperate for outside leadership, Curt Clawson is an outsider who will bring refreshing ideas to the halls of Congress. I urge the voters of Florida’s 19th Congressional District to send Curt to Washington,” Paul said in a statement.[18]
  • The Eagle Forum, a conservative group led by Phyllis Schlafly, endorsed Clawson on April 15, 2014.[17]
    • "Rarely do conservatives in Florida's Congressional District 19 have an opportunity to send a strong leader to Washington. With the United States having a less-than-bright financial future ahead of us, it's more important than ever to choose leaders that have a history of inspiring vision and decisive implementation. After vetting all of the candidates and weighing their past history with their goals and performance as leaders, Curt Clawson is the only candidate with true measurable, leadership experience combined with a well-thought-out, executable plan for our country. Curt's plan has the elements that conservatives have demanded on both the state and federal level for years, but have seen little action from our elected officials. It includes reforming our corporate tax code to make America competitive; restoring budget discipline; giving flexibility to states for Medicaid; reforming our burdensome regulatory processes; and repealing Obamacare," said Pat Andrews, who leads the Florida Eagle Forum.[17]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Clawson is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Clawson raised a total of $9,485,978 during that time period. This information was last updated on January 26, 2015.[20]

Curt Clawson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Florida, District 19) Won $4,770,406
2014 U.S. House (Florida, District 19) Won $4,715,572
Grand Total Raised $9,485,978


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Clawson's reports.[21]

Curt Clawson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Special[22]April 10, 2014$0$2,864,734$(2,265,783)$598,951
Pre-Special[23]June 12, 2014$598,951$1,123,415$(1,433,895)$288,470
Post-Special[24]July 25, 2014$288,470$328,251$(406,441)$210,280
Pre-Primary[25]August 14, 2014$210,280$6,689$(206,296)$10,674
October Quarterly[26]October 15, 2014$10,674$62,089$(25,754)$47,009
Running totals

Personal wealth

Clawson’s wealth is estimated at $13 million, placing him in the top 50 richest members of Congress.[7]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Clawson received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.

From 2013-2014, 5.44 percent of Clawson's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[27]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Curt Clawson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $4,651,343
Total Spent $4,718,858
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$34,018
Securities & Investment$22,000
Real Estate$15,593
% total in top industry3.38%
% total in top two industries4.12%
% total in top five industries5.44%


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[28]

Clawson most often votes with:

Clawson least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Clawson missed 1 of 99 roll call votes from June 2014 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.0 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[29]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Clawson voted with the Republican Party 0.0 percent of the time, which ranked 232nd among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[30]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Florida Election Division, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," accessed January 25, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Primary Results," accessed April 22, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Associated Press, "Special General Election," accessed June 24, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Florida Election Division, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," accessed May 5, 2014
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "CLAWSON, Curt, (1959 - )," accessed January 21, 2015
  6. News Max, "'Outsider' Clawson Leading in Florida GOP House Primary," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Roll Call, "Clawson Is Newest Millionaire In Congress," accessed July 23, 2014
  8. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  9. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  10. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Huffington Post, "Rep. Curt Clawson Mistakes U.S. Officials For Indian Nationals, Awkwardness Ensues," accessed July 28, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 Foreign Policy, "Freshman Congressman Mistakes Senior Government Officials for Foreigners," accessed July 28, 2014
  13. The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  14. Miami Herald, "Special election scheduled to fill Radel's seat," accessed January 31, 2014 (dead link)
  15. 15.0 15.1 Fox 4, "Byron Donalds endorses Curt Clawson for Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 Naples News, "Connie Mack endorses Clawson in special congressional election," accessed March 5, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Sunshine State News, "Republicans Tout Endorsements and Pro-Life Positions in CD 19," accessed April 19, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "Rand Paul Endorses in Race to Replace Trey Radel," accessed April 19, 2014
  19. Sunshine State News, "Michelle Bachmann endorses Curt Clawson in CD 19 primary," accessed April 19, 2014
  20. Open Secrets, "Curt Clawson," accessed January 26, 2015
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Curt Clawson 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 28, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Special," accessed April 28, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Special," accessed September 30, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Post-Special," accessed September 30, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Curt Clawson Pre-Primary," accessed September 30, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Curt Clawson October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  27., "Rep. Curt Clawson," accessed September 23, 2014
  28. OpenCongress, "Curt Clawson," accessed July 28, 2014
  29. GovTrack, "Curt Clawson," accessed July 28, 2014
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014