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
Cost per vote$30.27 in 2014
First electedJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$9,498,229
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.


Clawson worked as an executive with Honeywell and American National Can Company.[5] He also served as CEO, president and chairman of Hayes Lemmerz International Inc., and served as a director of Lear Corporation.[6]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Clawson's academic, professional and political career:[7]

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Clawson serves on the following committees:[8]

Key votes

114th Congress


The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] For more information pertaining to Clawson's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Yea3.png On April 30, 2015, the House voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 226-197. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. All 183 Democrats who voted, voted against the resolution. Clawson voted with 225 other Republicans to approve the bill.[11][12][13]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Yea3.png On May 14, 2015, the House approved HR 1191 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by a vote of 400-25. The bill requires President Barack Obama to submit the details of a nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review, if negotiators reach a final agreement. Congress will have 30 days to review the deal and vote to approve or disapprove the deal. During the review period, sanctions on Iran cannot be lifted. Clawson voted with 222 other Republican representatives to approve the bill.[14][15]

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[16] For more information pertaining to Clawson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[17]

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 RepublicansThomas 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.[18] Clawson joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[19][20]


On The Issues Vote Match

Curt Clawson's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the analysis, Clawson is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative.[21] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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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.[22]

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.[23]


  • Former 19th District candidate Byron Donalds (R) endorsed Clawson on February 20, 2014.[24]
    • 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."[24]
  • Former Rep. Connie Mack endorsed Clawson on March 4, 2014.[25]
    • “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[25]
  • Rand Paul endorsed Clawson on April 14, 2014.[26]
    • “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.[27]
  • The Eagle Forum, a conservative group led by Phyllis Schlafly, endorsed Clawson on April 15, 2014.[26]
    • "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.[26]

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 $9,498,229 during that time period. This information was last updated on January 26, 2015.[29]

Curt Clawson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Florida, District 19) Won $4,782,657
2014 U.S. House (Florida, District 19) Won $4,715,572
Grand Total Raised $9,498,229


Clawson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Clawson's campaign committee raised a total of $4,782,657 and spent $4,824,230.[30] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[31]

Cost per vote

Clawson spent $30.27 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Florida District 19, 2014 - Curt Clawson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $4,782,657
Total Spent $4,824,230
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $253,741
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $231,797
Top contributors to Curt Clawson's campaign committee
Skadden, Arps et al$16,600
Westbury Partners$10,400
Bindley Capital Partners$10,000
Freedom Project$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$57,518
Securities & Investment$36,300
Leadership PACs$23,750

Below are Clawson's FEC reports.[32]

Personal wealth

Clawson’s wealth is estimated at $13 million, placing him in the top five richest members of Congress.[6]

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 two-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 two 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.[38]

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.[39]

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.[40]

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.[41]

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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. News Max, "'Outsider' Clawson Leading in Florida GOP House Primary," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Roll Call, "Clawson Is Newest Millionaire In Congress," accessed July 23, 2014
  7. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "CLAWSON, Curt, (1959 - )," accessed January 21, 2015
  8. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 19, 2015
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  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress," April 13, 2015
  11., "S.Con.Res.11," accessed May 5, 2015
  12., "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 183," accessed May 5, 2015
  13. The Hill, "Republicans pass a budget, flexing power of majority," accessed May 5, 2015
  14., "H.R.1191 - Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015," accessed May 16, 2015
  15., "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 226," accessed May 16, 2015
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  17. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  18. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  19. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  20. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  21. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ontheissues
  22. The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  23. Miami Herald, "Special election scheduled to fill Radel's seat," accessed January 31, 2014 (dead link)
  24. 24.0 24.1 Fox 4, "Byron Donalds endorses Curt Clawson for Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  25. 25.0 25.1 Naples News, "Connie Mack endorses Clawson in special congressional election," accessed March 5, 2014
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Sunshine State News, "Republicans Tout Endorsements and Pro-Life Positions in CD 19," accessed April 19, 2014
  27. Roll Call, "Rand Paul Endorses in Race to Replace Trey Radel," accessed April 19, 2014
  28. Sunshine State News, "Michelle Bachmann endorses Curt Clawson in CD 19 primary," accessed April 19, 2014
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  31. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed March 13, 2015
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  33. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Special," accessed April 28, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Special," accessed September 30, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Post-Special," accessed September 30, 2014
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  37. Federal Election Commission, "Curt Clawson October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  38., "Rep. Curt Clawson," accessed September 23, 2014
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  40. GovTrack, "Curt Clawson," accessed July 28, 2014
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014