Cliff Stearns was the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 6th congressional district from 1989 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party.
On August 14, 2012, Stearns lost to veterinarian Ted Yoho in a four-way Republican primary by about 1 percent of the vote. Due to redistricting every 10 years, Stearns ran in a new district that did not include his hometown and one of his staunch bases of support.
After the primary election, Stearns called Yoho to congratulate him and Yoho described Stearns as “classy” and “humble” in his remarks.