Former Batesville resident Curt Clawson recently won the U.S. House of Representatives seat for Florida’s 19th congressional district.
The Batesville High School graduate was sworn in during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., June 25 as friends Jay and Linda Fullenkamp, Batesville, looked on.
“It was a very special privilege, and I felt very honored to be there for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” says Jay Fullenkamp, who has been friends with Clawson since high school.
“There was a lot of excitement in the air .... Since he was the freshman congressman and newcomer, people wanted to hear what he had to say. After his speech, he got a standing ovation, which is pretty rare.”
His wife adds, “It was humbling, but at the same time just a great thing to be able to be part of .... just to see everything and watch history being made.”
Prior to this, “Jay had met some of his (Clawson’s) campaign team, and I got to meet them, too.”
Jay Fullenkamp reveals, “Curt’s mother (Cherie), a couple of his brothers, a nephew and a cousin, some business associates .... (and his former Purdue University basketball coach, Gene Keady) were able to attend” the swearing-in.
He is proud of his former classmate’s accomplishments. “The bottom line is whatever Curt sets his mind to do, he does .... I’m also amazed at how humble he is. He has been very successful in life, but he always stays true to his friends.”
Linda Fullenkamp adds, “We’d never been to Washington, D.C., before, and it was quite exciting, but I was also a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect.”
During their five-day excursion of the nation’s capital, the couple toured the various monuments, visited the White House, U.S. Capitol, Pentagon, Ford’s Theatre, Arlington National Cemetery and other sites. “It was an exciting trip, and we saw quite a bit.”
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