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Birthdate: Sept. 1, 1944
Birth Place: Jacksonville, FL, United States
Residence: Jacksonville, FL
First Elected: 2000
District: District 4
Undergraduate: University of Georgia
Graduate: University of Florida
Ander Crenshaw was born and still lives in Jacksonville, Fla. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia, which he attended on a basketball scholarship, and a law degree from the University of Florida.
He was an investment banker before being elected to Congress.
Crenshaw served in the Florida House from 1972 to 1978 and in the Florida Senate from 1986 to 1994. He was the first Republican Senate president in 118 years.
Crenshaw lost GOP primary races for the U.S. Senate in 1980 and governor in 1994.
He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2000.
Crenshaw and his wife, Katherine, the daughter of former Florida Gov. Claude Kirk, have two children.
Ander Crenshaw has made the military his top priority in a district that includes Mayport Naval Station and Jacksonville Naval Air Station. Those installations and the King's Bay submarine base, just across the state line in Georgia, have a $12.1 billion impact on northeast Florida, which has almost 36,000 military-related jobs.
That number was set to increase after Mayport was selected in 2008 as the port for a 3,200-sailor aircraft carrier. Virginia politicians tried to block the carrier's move from Norfolk, Va. Sen. Jim Webb in April 2010 said a Navy document indicating the move would be delayed five years until 2019 would likely doom the relocation. Crenshaw disagreed, saying that was "a worst case scenario and would only occur if each and every step of the process took the longest amount of time possible."
However, the move was further delayed when, in February 2012, President Barack Obama did not include money in his budget to retrofit the Mayport port to accommodate a nuclear-powered carrier. Crenshaw said delaying the carrier move "makes no sense" because it will only make the move more costly down the road and added that he'd been assured that the Navy is still committed to ultimately moving a nuclear aircraft carrier to Mayport.
Crenshaw opposes the 2010 health care reform bill and has voted to repeal it. He called the June 2012 decision by the Supreme Court upholding the legislation disappointing, but says the ruling does not change the fact that he believes it to be a bad law.
Crenshaw in August 2010 donated or promised to donate to charity nearly $35,000 in contributions linked to defense industry lobbyist Paul Magliochetti, who was indicted on charges of illegally reimbursing family members, employees and partners for campaign donations.
During the 2005 round of base closures and realignments, Crenshaw's district gained 1,900 new jobs, mainly from the transfer of patrol planes to Jacksonville Naval Air Station from a base in Maine. It made Jacksonville one of the biggest winners in that process.
Crenshaw was also instrumental in getting a national veterans cemetery in the Jacksonville area. He helped secure the $22 million in federal funds for work on the 525-acre site.
After the Iraq invasion in 2003, Crenshaw visited a tiny cell at a prison there thinking that's where Navy pilot Michael Scott Speicher might have been held after being shot down in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Speicher's family members are among Crenshaw's constituents. The Pentagon first declared Speicher killed in action but then reclassified him as a prisoner of war until his remains were found in August 2009. "This somber news brings a sense of closure to the Speicher family and underscores the commitment of our military to bring home their own no matter what the time or cost," Crenshaw said.
Crenshaw blamed the United Nations for issues that led to the Iraq War.
Source: Associated Press
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