Ander Crenshaw (born September 1, 1944), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 2001, representing the 4th District of Florida (map). He was born in Jacksonville, Florida, was educated at the University of Georgia and the University of Florida.
Ander Crenshaw served in the Florida State House 1972 through 1978 and in the Florida Senate from 1986 through 1994. He became the first Republican elected president of the Senate in 118 years in November 1992, but agreed to serve only one year instead of the usual two as a compromise between Republicans and Democrats who were evenly split in the Senate that year.
In 1980, Crenshaw finished third in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat, earning roughly 13f the vote.
In 1994, he unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Governor, winning several counties but ultimately losing out to Jeb Bush. Crenshaw finished a close fourth (12.1behind Tom Gallagher and Jim Smith.
In 2000, Crenshaw returned to politics when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives where he became a Deputy Majority Whip. In 2005, a Republican effort was launched to convince the Congressman to run for U.S. Senate in the seat currently held by Bill Nelson.