Recent Press Releases and News

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) will outline the road ahead for the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act – HR 3423/S 1872) at a press conference at 2:45 p.m. at the House Triangle on Thursday, November 15.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act is bipartisan legislation that would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The bill was introduced in the 112th Congress on November 15, 2011 and to date has earned the support of 234 House members and 35 Senate Members.

Representatives from the National Down Syndrome Society, The Arc, and Autism Speaks will provide remarks at the press conference. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and other co-sponsors in the House and Senate have been invited to attend.

WHAT: Crenshaw, Casey outline the road ahead for the ABLE Act which was introduced on November 15, 2011 and has earned the support of more than half the House and one quarter of the Senate.

WHO: Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Senator Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) confirmed. Other House and Senate co-sponsors invited.

WHEN: Thursday, November 15 at 2:45 p.m.

WHERE: House Triangle on the grounds of the United States Capitol.


JACKSONVILLE, FL – Congressman Ander Crenshaw today (11/8) formally honored 96 Northeast Florida veterans during his 11th annual Congressional Special Veterans Recognition Ceremony at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Officer’s Club.

The 2012 ceremony recognized the contributions of 96 veterans who served in Operation Desert Shield and/or Desert Storm with all honorees previously receiving the Southwest Asia Service Medal. Crenshaw, joined by Vice Admiral and Chief of Naval Personnel Scott Van Buskirk, presented each veteran with the 2012 Veterans Special Recognition Certificate at the event which included a reading of Old Glory, a 21-gun salute, and the playing of taps.

A member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Crenshaw has hosted 11 Special Veterans Recognition Ceremonies since 2001, honoring more than 2,000 Northeast Florida veterans. He issued the following statement:

“Jacksonville’s ‘Week of Valor’ is a fitting time to honor all our veterans, including 96 servicemen and women from 15 Northeast Florida communities who received Special Recognition during my annual ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Brave Americans all, they answered the call of duty and served a grateful nation alongside our allies in the First Gulf War.

“Let us never forget that our nation’s greatness is drawn from the blood and sacrifices of honorable and courageous men and women. I thank each of our honorees for standing in the face of incredible danger and hardship and give them my deep appreciation.

“While every veteran honored this year may not be here in person, he or she has a valuable story to share about their contribution to our nation. We shine a bright light on their service and formally thank them today and every day.”

The following is a list of veterans honored in the 2012 Congressional Veterans Special Recognition Ceremony:


Charles R. Armstrong - Navy

Leoncio Asencio - Navy

James Barron - Navy

Nestor Bautista - Navy

David Bennett - Navy

Mark Boensel - Navy

Keith Burt - Navy

James Butters - Navy

Eduardo Callao - Navy

Brandy Campbell - Navy

Ted Carter - Navy

Arthur Catullo - Navy

Paul Cerrato - Navy

Edward Champagne - Navy

Jan Christiansen - Navy

Leon Davis - Army

Brian DeVine - Army

Randy Dockery - Navy

David Dupree - Navy

Eric Eilkin - Navy

Charleton Flores - Navy

Lorenzo Fox - Navy

Anthony Gesuele - Navy

Paul Getman - Army

Donald Harnish - Navy

Sinclair H. Harris - Jacksonville

David Harvey - Navy

Joseph Harvey, Jr. - Marine Corps

Calvin Henderson - Navy

Clarence Hill - Navy

Christopher Imbach - Navy

James Jennings - Army

April Johnson - Army

Scott Kelley - Navy

Charles King - Navy

Donna Leduc - Navy

Dewayne Lowery - Navy

Mery Martinez - Army

Michael McLaurin - Army

Desmond McMullan - Navy

Maurice Menchan - Army

Timothy Metcalf - Navy

Jermome Morgan - Army

Michael Morgan - Army

Arleigh Nain II - Navy

Robert Nuss - Navy

David Pierce - Navy

Steven Piffer - Navy

Renato Quini - Navy

Michael Rau - Marine Corps

Michael Rawls - Navy

Paul A. Restivo - Navy

Daniel Rodriguez - Navy

Robert Sanders - Navy

Harry Shaffer - Army

Bradley Shepherd - Navy

Adam Thomas - Navy

Arthur Thrash - Navy

Cedric Twillie - Navy

James Young - Army

Nancy Weinberger - Army

Raymond Wikstrom - Navy

Michael Wilson - Air Force

Kenneth Wood III - Navy

Orange Park

Robert Bryson - Naval Air Reserves

Roderick Dejesus - Navy

Gary Josey - Navy

Roland Lewis - Navy

David Newman - Army

Joseph Rush - Navy

Barry Summers - Navy

Arthur Turner - Navy

Steven Welch - Air Force

Fleming Island

William Blacklidge - Navy

Robert Buehn - Navy

Curtis Stubbs - Navy

Scott Studer - Air Force

Jacksonville Beach

Linda Brown - Navy

Sean Galen - Army

Robert McNulty - Navy

William Rubino - Navy

Atlantic Beach

Dawn Stratton - Marine Corps

Patrick Stratton - Marine Corps

Neptune Beach

Albert Whisman - Navy

Douglas Bagdasarian - Army

Fernandina Beach

John Ashmead - Navy


Dean Berger - Navy


Wayne Elliott - Navy

Emerson Johnson - Navy

John McGriff - Navy

Donald Moore Air Force

St. Johns

Daniel Rees - Army


John Woods-  Armor First Sergeant


Stanley Arthur - Navy

St. Augustine

Mark Widener - Army National Guard

Palm Coast

Michael Lum - Marine Corps


Recent Speeches and Statements

Congressman Ander Crenshaw addresses his colleagues on the floor of the House on the public option in health care reform.
Congressman Ander Crenshaw outlines the cost of health care reform in a House floor speech on July 28, 2009.

Recent Audio and Video

Video of Congressman Crenshaw floor statement on FY 2013 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill.