Clay Shaw passed away last night.
Here's a statement from his family:
Statement on the passing of
Congressman E. Clay Shaw, Jr.
It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that our family announces the passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather, congressman and mayor, E. Clay Shaw, Jr.
Clay Shaw passed away on Tuesday, September 10th at Holy Cross Hospital surrounded by family and following a courageous battle against lung cancer.
“Clay cherished his time in the U.S. Congress representing the people of South Florida. He was a devoted family man setting a fine example for our 15 grandchildren. They will always be proud of Clay’s love of country,” said Emilie Shaw.
Clay Shaw accomplished a great deal during his 26 years in Washington spanning four U.S. presidents (1981-2007).
As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Human Resources subcommittee, Clay Shaw authored the historic Welfare Reform Act of 1996. Clay Shaw’s leadership in reforming the nation’s welfare system resulted in an end to welfare dependency on government while igniting the human spirit. Today, countless Americans are off welfare and working.
As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee, Clay Shaw led the effort to eliminate the Social Security Earnings Penalty on working seniors. Thanks to Clay Shaw, millions of American seniors are still working today without the threat of losing their Social Security benefits.
As Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee’s Trade subcommittee, Clay Shaw pushed for open markets across the globe. A staunch free trader, Clay Shaw successfully led the passage of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) that opened up U.S. exports to the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.