Florida's Ander Crenshaw Won't Seek Re-election

Retirement opens up safe Republican seat

Several Florida Republicans could run for Ander Crenshaw's House seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida Republican Ander Crenshaw said Wednesday that he would not seek a ninth term.  

"Progress is measured in projects completed and lives impacted, and I think we made a difference. Now, it is time to turn the page on this chapter of my life and see what’s next," Crenshaw said in a statement.  

Republican operatives mentioned several Florida Republicans who could run for this seat, including state Sen. Aaron Bean, former Duval County Supervisor of Elections and now County Property Appraiser Jerry Holland, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, state Sen. Travis Hutson, state Rep. Janet Adkins, former Jacksonville City Councilman Richard Clark, and former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.  

Crenshaw, who chairs the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, was elected to the House in 2000 after working as an investment banker. He previously served in the Florida House and Senate, where he eventually became the first Republican president. Crenshaw unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for Senate in 1980 and GOP nod for governor in 1994.  

Florida's 4th District is a safe GOP seat that Crenshaw has usually carried by 30 to 50 points. Former Republican presidential candidates Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney both carried the district at the presidential level by double-digit margins.  

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