Congressman Ander Crenshaw
Ander Crenshaw has a long record of public service. He served in the U.S. Congress for 16 years and 14 years in the Florida State Legislature. Congressman Crenshaw’s time in the Florida Legislature included serving in the Florida House of Representatives from 1972-1978, after which he was elected to the Florida State Senate, where he served from 1986-1994. Mr. Crenshaw also worked as an investment banker for 20 years.
Mr. Crenshaw was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2000, serving from 2001-2017. While representing Florida’s Fourth Congressional District for eight terms, he chaired the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Affairs and also served on the House Appropriations Committee, the Subcommittee on Defense, and the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. Congressman Crenshaw also served as Deputy Majority Whip for the Republican Leadership Whip Team near the end of his tenure.
During his time in office, Congressman Crenshaw sponsored a bill that passed in 2003, leading to the creation of a national veteran’s cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida. He continuously advocated for the military and was recognized for his dedication to defense issues. In 2013, Congressman Crenshaw was awarded The Navy Distinguished Public Service Award by the Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, acknowledging his commitment to the nation’s Sailors and Marines. His longstanding interest in international affairs led him to establish the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance and to help develop the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Congressman Crenshaw helped introduce the Millennium Challenge Compact Improvement Act which was passed in 2008. This legislation amended the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 and allowed subsequent compacts, concurrent compacts, regional compacts, and the capability to extend compacts past 5 years if necessary. The Act expanded MCC’s ability to achieve sustainable development. Congressman Crenshaw also shepherded the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act through Congress, which helps individuals with disabilities and their families to finance essential disability needs.
Mr. Crenshaw joined the law firm King and Spalding as Senior Counsel in 2017. He also is a United Nations Foundation fellow, where he advises on foreign policy and national security challenges. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia and a law degree from the University of Florida.