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Eugene Clay Shaw (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 4/19/1939 (Miami, FL)
Race: White
Religion: Catholic
Residence: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Education: BA from Stetson University, DeLand, FL; JD in Law from Stetson University, DeLand, FL; MA in Accounting from University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Occupation: Attorney
Office Type: U.S. House -- Florida District 22 

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Clay Shaw was born in Miami, and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He graduated in 1957 from Miami Edison Senior High School. He received a bachelor's degree in 1961 from Stetson University in Florida, a master's degree in accounting in 1963 from the University of Alabama, and a law degree in 1966 from Stetson University's School of Law.

He practiced law and worked as a certified public accountant. In 1968, he became assistant city attorney in Fort Lauderdale. He was chief city prosecutor from 1968 to 1969, then became an associate municipal judge and, later, city commissioner.

After two years as vice mayor, he served as mayor of Fort Lauderdale from 1975 to 1981. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1980.

Shaw and his wife, Emilie, have four children.

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Clay Shaw was elected to the U.S. House in 1980 with 55 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Alan S. Becker. Shaw was re-elected to five consecutive terms, facing no Democratic opposition in 1990.

He won re-election in 1992 with 58 percent of the vote defeating Democrat Gwen Margolis. He was re-elected in 1994 with 63 percent, defeating Democrat Hermine Wiener. He was re-elected in 1996 with 62 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Kenneth Cooper. He was re-elected in 1998 without opposition.

In 2000 he narrowly defeated Democratic state Rep. Elaine Bloom by 599 votes.

He defeated Democratic challenger Palm Beach County Commissioner Carol Roberts, best known nationally for serving on the county's canvassing board during the 2000 presidential election recount. He won the 2002 race with 61 percent of the vote.

Shaw served as mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 1975 to 1981.

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