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curt clawson

Congressman Curt Clawson has been coming to Southwest Florida since his family settled in Bonita Springs in 1993. After a successful career as a business leader and former college basketball player, Clawson moved to Southwest Florida in 2011. He soon became involved in local water issues.  

Urged by local leaders and motivated by his family’s generations of service to their country, Clawson decided in 2014 to run in a special election to fill the vacated seat in Florida’s 19th Congressional District.  Clawson won the election on messages of constitutional conservatism, growing the economy and unifying the Republican Party of Southwest Florida.  

Clawson was sworn into office by House Speaker John Boehner on June 25, 2014, one day after winning the special election by nearly forty percentage points. 

Born in Tacoma, Washington, Clawson attended Batesville High School in Batesville, Indiana – a hotbed of Indiana high school basketball. As a senior in high school, Clawson led the state of Indiana in scoring and was recruited by Purdue Head Basketball Coach Gene Keady, where he later helped his team win the 1984 Big Ten Championship. As a senior captain on that 1984 Team, Clawson is known for making the first 3-point basket in Purdue history and making two clutch free throws to clinch the Big Ten Championship.

After graduating from Purdue, Clawson served a year-long Ambassadorial Scholarship for Rotary International, enrolled in graduate MBA studies in Monterrey, Mexico, and took some time to play for the local university basketball team. Clawson began his working career in manufacturing in 1986, as a supervisor on a muffler production line in Columbus, Indiana for Arvin Industries – the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive exhaust systems.

In 1990, Clawson graduated from Harvard Business School with a Masters of Business Administration degree, sponsored by Arvin. He returned to Arvin and held a variety of senior management level positions. 

In 1995, Clawson joined AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) as President of the Filters and Spark Plugs Group, which manufactured Autolite® spark plugs and FRAM® filters.  In 1999, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of American National Can – the world's largest manufacturer of beverage cans.

In 2001, Clawson joined Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc., a global leader in wheel rim manufacturing.  He served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company from September 2001 until his retirement in February 2012.  During his time at Hayes, Clawson successfully led the company out of the financial distress he inherited – without taking one penny of taxpayer money – saving thousands of jobs.

While at Hayes, Clawson established, and still principally funds, a shelter for homeless teen mothers on the east side of Detroit. He also stays active advising and mentoring young athletes in Southwest Florida. 

Clawson’s parents, Jack and Cherie, are residents of Bonita Springs.  When not in Washington, Curt enjoys spending time with them during the autumn of their lives. Together, they enjoy walking the beach, swimming in the Gulf, and watching beautiful sunsets.    Read More

Press Releases

Clawson on SOTU: “We find ourselves in a different America than the one portrayed by the President. “

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Washington, January 12, 2016 | David James (202-225-2536) | comments

WASHINGTON – Following President Obama’s final State of the Union Address to a Joint Session of Congress this evening, Congressman Curt Clawson (FL-19) made the following statement:    

“We find ourselves in a different America than the one portrayed by the President.  The American absence of leadership in the world has left a vacuum that has been seized by Islamic terrorists, left Israel vulnerable, and a diplomatic agenda that does deals with Iran and the Castro bothers.   

“Our nation has recklessly printed trillions of dollars in new money and has a meager 2% economic growth to show for it over seven years, while hurting our retired population in Southwest Florida and elsewhere who rely on savings growth.  An economic turnaround from the low point of 2008 would have been stronger with the right policies.  However, without the needed regulatory and tax reform we will continue in this sluggish economic abyss, also burdened by ObamaCare, which has skyrocketed premiums over 35%, and left many unable to afford the coverage. 

“The President’s circumventing the will of the American people, in bypassing Congress, and meeting opposition with contemptuous rhetoric, has also soured the mood of the nation and lawmakers.  With under a year left in his term, the President has failed to offer any solutions to many of the problems facing Americans, now pinning their hopes on a ‘run-out-the-clock’ feeling toward his tenure in office. 

“I still believe in an America where solutions come from the people, not bigger government.  A strong and vibrant economy will help businesses create millions of good-paying American jobs – while freeing millions from government dependency.  Addressing the tough issues in trade deals, like currency manipulation, will solidify economic growth over the long term and increase labor participation in our country.  Using our market leverage to achieve diplomatic outcomes will enhance our standing in the world, not diminish it.  These are the policies we will fight for in Congress and in partnership with the people we serve to achieve the sustained growth and security we are lacking.”



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