|U.S. House, Florida, District 19|
|June 24, 2014 - Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Trey Radel (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||June 24, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|High school||Batesville High School|
|Bachelor's||Purdue University, 1984|
|Master's||Harvard University, 1990|
- 1 Career
- 2 Career
- 3 Key votes
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Personal Gain Index
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
He won re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 19th Congressional District of Florida in 2014. 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:
- 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 He also served as CEO, president and chairman of Hayes Lemmerz International Inc., and served as a director of Lear Corporation.
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. Clawson joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.
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."
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.
Clawson continued on by heaping praise upon India while addressing Biswal and Kumar, apparently unaware of his confusion.
"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.
Clawson won re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 19th Congressional District of Florida. 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.
|U.S. House, Florida District 19 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Curt Clawson Incumbent||64.6%||159,354|
|Source: Florida Division of Elections|
Clawson won election in the 2014 special election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 19th District. Clawson won the Republican nomination in the primary election on April 22, 2014. He defeated Democratic nominee April Freeman, Libertarian Ray Netherwood and write in candidate Timothy Rossano in the general election. The general election took place on June 24, 2014.
- Former 19th District candidate Byron Donalds (R) endorsed Clawson on February 20, 2014.
- 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."
- Former Rep. Connie Mack endorsed Clawson on March 4, 2014.
- “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
- Rand Paul endorsed Clawson on April 14, 2014.
- “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.
- The Eagle Forum, a conservative group led by Phyllis Schlafly, endorsed Clawson on April 15, 2014.
- "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.
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.
|Curt Clawson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2014||U.S. House (Florida, District 19)||$4,770,406|
|2014||U.S. House (Florida, District 19)||$4,715,572|
|Grand Total Raised||$9,485,978|
|Curt Clawson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|Pre-Special||April 10, 2014||$0||$2,864,734||$(2,265,783)||$598,951|
|Pre-Special||June 12, 2014||$598,951||$1,123,415||$(1,433,895)||$288,470|
|Post-Special||July 25, 2014||$288,470||$328,251||$(406,441)||$210,280|
|Pre-Primary||August 14, 2014||$210,280||$6,689||$(206,296)||$10,674|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$10,674||$62,089||$(25,754)||$47,009|
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- 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:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The K-Street Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, 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.
|Curt Clawson Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$22,000|
|% total in top industry||3.38%|
|% total in top two industries||4.12%|
|% total in top five industries||5.44%|
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.
Clawson most often votes with:
Clawson least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
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.
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.
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- United States congressional delegations from Florida
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- Florida elections, 2014
- United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2014
- Social media:
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Office website
- Florida Election Division, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," accessed January 25, 2014
- Associated Press, "Primary Results," accessed April 22, 2014
- Associated Press, "Special General Election," accessed June 24, 2014
- Florida Election Division, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," accessed May 5, 2014
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "CLAWSON, Curt, (1959 - )," accessed January 21, 2015
- News Max, "'Outsider' Clawson Leading in Florida GOP House Primary," accessed April 21, 2014
- Roll Call, "Clawson Is Newest Millionaire In Congress," accessed July 23, 2014
- U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
- Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
- Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
- Huffington Post, "Rep. Curt Clawson Mistakes U.S. Officials For Indian Nationals, Awkwardness Ensues," accessed July 28, 2014
- Foreign Policy, "Freshman Congressman Mistakes Senior Government Officials for Foreigners," accessed July 28, 2014
- The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
- Miami Herald, "Special election scheduled to fill Radel's seat," accessed January 31, 2014 (dead link)
- Fox 4, "Byron Donalds endorses Curt Clawson for Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Naples News, "Connie Mack endorses Clawson in special congressional election," accessed March 5, 2014
- Sunshine State News, "Republicans Tout Endorsements and Pro-Life Positions in CD 19," accessed April 19, 2014
- Roll Call, "Rand Paul Endorses in Race to Replace Trey Radel," accessed April 19, 2014
- Sunshine State News, "Michelle Bachmann endorses Curt Clawson in CD 19 primary," accessed April 19, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Curt Clawson," accessed January 26, 2015
- Federal Election Commission, "Curt Clawson 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 28, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Special," accessed April 28, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Special," accessed September 30, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Post-Special," accessed September 30, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Curt Clawson Pre-Primary," accessed September 30, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Curt Clawson October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
- OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Curt Clawson," accessed September 23, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Curt Clawson," accessed July 28, 2014
- GovTrack, "Curt Clawson," accessed July 28, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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