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Cliff Stearns
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U.S. House, Florida, District 6
Retired Representative
In office
January 3, 1989-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 14, 2012
First elected1988
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWoodrow Wilson High School
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1963-1967
Date of birthApril 16, 1941
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
ProfessionBusiness Owner, Consultant
Office website
Campaign website
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Clifford Bundy "Cliff" Stearns, Sr (b. April 16, 1941) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Stearns was first elected by voters from Florida's 6th Congressional District in 1988. He lost his bid for re-election in the 2012 primary election. He was succeeded by Ron DeSantis (R), who won the general election on November 6, 2012.

Due to redistricting, Stearns ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 3rd District. Stearns was defeated by Ted Yoho in the Republican Primary on August 14, 2012. Stearns still had more than $2 million in his campaign war chest at the time of the primary.[1][2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Staerns was a "moderate Republican leader."[3]


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Stearns was born in Washington, D.C. He was educated at Woodrow Wilson High School and later earned a degree in electrical engineering at George Washington University. He participated in U.S. Air Force ROTC at GW and was honored as the Air Force ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate.[4]


  • Stearns also owned a small chain of motels and restaurants in north Florida.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Stearns served on the following committees:


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Stearns voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



See also: Florida's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Stearns ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 3rd District. Stearns lost to Ted Yoho in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[6]

Primary results

The primary took place on August 14.[7]

Republican Primary
Florida's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTed Yoho 34.4% 22,273
Clifford Stearns 33% 21,398
Steve Oelrich 19% 12,329
James Jett 13.5% 8,769
Total Votes 64,769


On November 2, 2010, Cliff Stearns won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Steve Schonberg (I) in the general election.[8]

U.S. House, Florida District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCliff Stearns incumbent 71.5% 179,349
     Independent Steve Schonberg 28.5% 71,632
Total Votes 250,981

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Stearns's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Stearns won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Stearns's campaign committee raised a total of $771,907 and spent $917,486 .[9]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Stearns paid his congressional staff a total of $885,501 in 2011. He ranked 103rd on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 125th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[10]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Stearns' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,018,033 and $8,897,996. That averages to $5,458,014.50, which was lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[11]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Stearns ranked 156th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[12]

Voting with party


Cliff Stearns voted with the Republican Party 91 of the time, which ranked 163 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[13]


Stearns lives with his wife Joan in Ocala, Florida. They have three adult sons.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Buddy MacKay
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 6
Succeeded by
Ron DeSantis (R)