ALEXANDER M. CRENSHAW (ANDER)
Former Congressman Ander Crenshaw was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2000 and represented Florida’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years. During his tenure in Congress, he served on numerous committees including the House Appropriations Committee, where he chaired the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. He also sat on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. Congressman Crenshaw also served as a Deputy Majority Whip.
As Chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Affairs Subcommittee, Congressman Crenshaw was charged with the oversight and funding of the Department of the Treasury, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Trade Commission, and Federal Communications Commission, among others. In this role, he also led efforts to reform the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act.
Originally a member of the House Armed Services, Budget, and Veterans Affairs committees, Congressman Crenshaw also was active in international affairs and established himself as a respected voice on military issues. A champion for our men and women in uniform, he advocated for strengthening the nation’s defense capabilities and secured funding for numerous projects involving the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and Customs and Border Protection Services in particular. In 2013, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus recognized Congressman Crenshaw’s dedication to the nation’s Sailors and Marines and awarded him the Navy’s highest civilian honor – The Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.
As part of his leadership in international affairs, Congressional Crenshaw founded the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance and helped develop the Millennium Challenge Corporation, which reformed the way the United States provides foreign assistance.
In recent years, his signature legislation was the passage of the ABLE Act to benefit individuals with disabilities by allowing them to open tax-free savings accounts for certain expenses.
Prior to serving in Congress, Congressman Crenshaw spent nearly 20 years as an investment banker. He was a managing director at Drexel Burnham Lambert and later senior vice president at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He also served as an elected official in the State Legislature, ultimately serving as President of the Florida Senate.
Congressman Crenshaw is Senior Counsel to the international law firm King and Spalding, and serves on the board of The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. He received his B.A. from the University of Georgia and his J.D. from the University of Florida.