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Eugene Clay Shaw, Jr. (April 19, 1939 – September 10, 2013) was a Great American politician who was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 until 2007. Clay Shaw represented the 22nd District of Florida ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

September 12, 2013

๐ŸŒ Eugene Clay Shaw, Jr. (April 19, 1939 – September 10, 2013) was a Great American politician who was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 until 2007. Clay Shaw represented the 22nd District of Florida. Shaw was born in Miami, Florida. He graduated in 1957 from Miami Edison Senior High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in business in 1961 from Stetson University in Florida, where he joined Sigma Nu Fraternity, a master’s degree in accounting in 1963 from the University of Alabama, and a law degree in 1966 from Stetson University School of Law. Shaw married the former Emilie Costar on August 22, 1966. After graduating, Shaw practiced law and worked as a certified public accountant. In 1968, he became assistant city attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was chief city prosecutor from 1968 to 1969 and an associate municipal judge from 1969 to 1971.

๐ŸŒ The LINK below will take you to our Imaging Site, containing an assemblage of many Photographs of Clay Shaw that everyone known to Rep Shaw may enjoy – the memories dating back to Mr. Shaw’s being Mayor of Fort Lauderdale to the Victory Parties that Marilyn and I attended with joy.


๐ŸŒ Shaw was the city commissioner from 1971 to 1973. and vice mayor 1973 to 1975. He then served as mayor of Fort Lauderdale from 1975 to 1981. During his tenure as mayor, Shaw served on the Advisory Board and Executive Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, former President of the National Conference of Republican Mayors, and was named Special U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea by President Gerald Ford. In 1976, Shaw demanded a grand jury investigation because he feared that the Marlin Beach Hotel’s active courting of gay tourism would cause the industry to spread to other areas of the city. The investigation was dropped upon the decision of the city’s attorney.

๐ŸŒ The 1980 election cycle provided National Republicans with the opportunity to gain Congressional seats. As Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter battled for the White House, the National Republican Campaign Committee was actively seeking a Republican candidate in South Florida to challenge incumbent Democratic Congressman Edward J. Stack. Having been turned down by two potential candidates, including state Senator Van Poole, National Congressional Republicans set their eyes on popular Fort Lauderdale mayor, Clay Shaw. After multiple attempts to convince Shaw to run for Congress, Shaw agreed. With the support of his wife, Emilie, and four young children, Shaw undertook the task of defeating an incumbent. However, Shaw’s likely Democratic challenger, Ed Stack, was upset in the Democratic primary by a young Fort Lauderdale lawyer, Allen Becker. Shaw and Becker faced off in a spirited November general election with Shaw winning 55% of the vote. Congressman-elect Shaw was on his way to Washington to represent Broward County’s 15th Congressional district. Also in 1980, Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States, and Republicans gained control of the United States Senate.

๐ŸŒ In November 1992, Shaw faced his toughest congressional opponent to date. Following the 1990 U.S. Census, the Democratic Party-controlled Florida Legislature reapportioned the state’s congressional districts. As a result, Broward’s 15th congressional district was cut up and Shaw found himself running in the new, 90-mile congressional district stretching from Juno Beach, Florida to the north down to Lincoln Road on Miami Beach to the south. To make matters worse, the Democratic candidate for Congress was the person who drew the congressional district in Tallahassee, State Senate President Gwen Margolis. The Shaw vs. Margolis race was highly competitive. Both campaigns were full of energy and raised thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. The campaigns highlighted the other candidates’ records. Margolis claimed that Shaw voted to "decriminalize drugs" while in Washington. Shaw called the claim "an absolute falsehood". Margolis fought back concerns about her involvement with the failed Miami Beach Savings & Loan. In March 1992, the Resolute Trust Corporation filed suit against Margolis and other bank directors claiming they approved speculative loans and were responsible for $4.5 million in loses. Shaw cruised to victory in November, claiming 58% of the general election vote.

๐ŸŒ 2000. Seeking his 10th term in Congress, Shaw faced a challenge in state Representative Elaine Bloom. Bloom declared her candidacy in June 1999. Aided by the Democratic presidential ticket of Al Gore and Joe Lieberman, Bloom was making the race extremely competitive. In early October it was reported that Bloom served on the board of a Florida pharmaceutical company that was accused of price fixing. Bloom denied the accusations, yet press reports, including a piece on Nightline highlighting the price fixing scandal. Bloom remained on defense for the remainder of the campaign. The Shaw campaign commercials can be found here: It was only the second difficult re-election contest for Shaw. The district, once a Republican-leaning swing district, leaned Democratic in the early 1990s along with most of South Florida. In 2000, Al Gore defeated George W. Bush in the district by 52% to 48%.

๐ŸŒ 2002. The Florida Legislature responded by cutting out a heavily Democratic section of Miami-Dade County in the 2000s round of redistricting, pushing it further into Palm Beach County. This district was only slightly less Democratic than its predecessor (even though Republicans have a small plurality of registered voters). Shaw was re-elected with 60.8% of the vote against Democrat Carol Roberts, a former Palm Beach County Commissioner.

๐ŸŒ 2004. Shaw won re-election with 62.8% of the vote against a last-minute replacement Democratic candidate, Robin Rorapaugh. His original opponent, Jim Stork, dropped out before the election for medical reasons, but his name remained on the ballot.[18] John Kerry defeated George W. Bush in the district by a margin of 50% to 48%.

๐ŸŒ 2006. Shaw was defeated in the general election by Democratic State Senator Ron Klein, who won by a narrow 51% to 48% margin. After his 2006 loss, Shaw donated his official Congressional papers (totaling more than 100 linear feet) and memorabilia to his alma mater, Stetson University. The Shaw Collection includes policy notebooks, plaques, awards, videos, letters from U.S. presidents, a number of signed and framed bills with the presidential signing pens, and more than 2,500 photos. (Source: Wikipedia)

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