ENG: Clifford Bundy "Cliff" Stearns, Sr. (born April 16, 1941) was the U.S. Representative for Florida's 6th congressional district, serving from 1989 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party. On August 14, 2012, Stearns lost to veterinarian Ted Yoho in a four-way Republican primary by about 1 percent of the vote. Due to redistricting every 10 years, Stearns ran in a new district that did not include his hometown and one of his staunch bases of support. After the primary election, Stearns called Yoho to congratulate him and Yoho described Stearns as "classy" and "humble" in his remarks.
During the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida in August, the Florida delegation honored Stearns and his service with a standing ovation and speakers talked about his record of accomplishments and the loss to the state of a leader with so much seniority in Congress.
On January 4, 2013, APCO Worldwide announced that Stearns was joining the firm as a Senior Advisor and a member of its International Advisory Council.
Early life, education, and business career
According to his official biography, Stearns was born in Washington, D.C., educated at Woodrow Wilson High School, and later earned a degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University.
He is also a member of the University's Gamma Beta Chapter of Theta Tau, and participated in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps there and was honored as the Air Force ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate.
Following graduation, he served four years in the United States Air Force as an aerospace engineer in satellite reconnaissance during the Vietnam War. Stearns owned a small chain of motels and restaurants in northern Florida. Before moving to Florida, he worked with a variety of businesses in Florida, such as CBS, Data Control Systems Inc, and Kutola Advertising.
U.S. House of Representatives - Elections - 1988-2004
In 1988, incumbent Democratic U.S. Congressman Buddy MacKay of Florida's 6th congressional district decided to run for the U.S.
Senate. Stearns and Jim Cherry qualified for a run-off election, since no one reached the 50% threshold in the six-candidate primary election. Cherry received 32% to Stearns's 26%. In the run-off, Stearns defeated Cherry 54%-46%. In the general election, Stearns defeated State Representative Jon Mills 53%-47%. Until 2012, he never won re-election with less than 59% of the vote.
Stearns was re-elected with 60% of the vote.
Stearns was re-elected with 61% of the vote.
Stearns was re-elected with 71% of the vote.
In a newly redrawn district,and due to low turnout,Stearns lost by only some 800 votes, or about 1 percent of the votes, cast in the primary.
Stearns is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
Stearns is a member of the Electronic Cigarette Association and supports the use of these products.
On September 29, 2008, Stearns voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Stearns lives in Ocala, FL with his wife, Joan (née Moore). They have three grown sons.
February 12, 2013