Ander Crenshaw represents Florida’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently in his eighth term representing a district that includes Baker, Nassau, and Duval Counties, Crenshaw is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Prior to coming to Congress, Crenshaw worked both in the private sector, as an investment banker, and served as an elected official in the State Legislature. His life in public service ultimately led to the Florida State Senate where he served as the state’s first Republican President of the Senate. Representative Crenshaw was first elected to Congress in 2000.
In that time, Crenshaw has established himself as a respected voice on defense issues and a champion for our men and women in uniform. He has fought for key priorities for Northeast Florida and led the way to bring the National Veterans Cemetery to Jacksonville. He continues the fight to make Naval Station Mayport a nuclear aircraft carrier homeport. In 2013, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus recognized 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.
Originally a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Crenshaw is now a member of the Appropriations Committee where he chairs the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee and sits on the prestigious Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and also serves on the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee.
Representative Crenshaw has gained a reputation for being a strong advocate for strengthening and rebuilding our military, enacting responsible and permanent tax relief, and standing up for projects vital to Northeast Florida. Long an advocate of job creation and economic prosperity for Florida, Crenshaw has worked to secure projects that benefit the Port of Jacksonville, local beaches, and other important economic drivers.
His commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities led to the first major reform for them in 25 years when his landmark legislation, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, became law of the land on December 19,2014.
The ABLE Act reforms the tax code by allowing for the creation of tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The result: Millions of Americans have a new financial-planning tool available for use in planning for their future, achieving their dreams, and living more independent lives.
A third generation resident of Northeast Florida, Congressman Crenshaw attended Robert E. Lee High School, the University of Georgia on a basketball scholarship and later received his law degree from the University of Florida.
Crenshaw and his wife, Kitty, have been married 45 years and live in Jacksonville. They have two grown daughters and two granddaughters.