Curt Clawson Would Make 50 Richest in Congress List

Posted April 24, 2014 at 5:00am

Curt Clawson, the self-funding businessman who won Tuesday’s Republican primary scramble to replace former Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla. (cocaine scandal ), would be among the richest members of Congress if he wins the GOP-leaning Florida district in the special election June 24.  

Clawson is a former college basketball star (during his campaign, he challenged President Barack Obama to a shooting contest)  and manufacturing executive who spent most of the last decade running the world’s largest maker of aluminum auto wheels.  

He loaned $2.65 million to his own campaign, according to his pre-primary Federal Election Report .  

According to financial disclosures, the automotive CEO, who consistently cast himself as the Washington “outsider ” during his campaign, has a minimum net worth of more than $13 million, which would place him in the middle of the pack on Roll Call’s most recent “50 Richest” list . If Clawson wins the June 24 general election, he and another congressional newcomer, Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., would likely be added to the 2014 update of the annual listing.  

McAllister, who vowed he will not step down, despite an infidelity scandal involving a former staff member in his district office, has a minimum net worth exceeding $7 million, according to his financial reports. That would be enough to put him toward the bottom of the 50 richest list.  

Bridget Bowman and Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.