View Full Version : U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson won't seek re-election

William Tell
06-22-2016, 05:17 PM

WASHINGTON – Rep. Curt Clawson won't seek re-election to his 19th District seat, saying he wants to spend more time in Southwest Florida with his ailing father.

The Bonita Springs Republican won the seat in a special election two years ago following GOP Rep.Trey Radel’s resignation in the wake of a cocaine bust.

Clawson, former CEO of wheel manufacturer Hayes Lemmerz, ran as an “outsider” in 2014 and said he never planned to stay long in Congress. He said the death of his mother, Cherie, last summer affected him and his father more deeply than he had thought it would, prompting his decision not to seek re-election to a full second term.

“With the passing of my mom, it’s a good time to show support for my dad and be close to (him),” the congressman said in his Capitol Hill office Thursday.

Clawson, 56, said he'll finish his term, which expires in early January.


William Tell
06-22-2016, 05:51 PM