Mr. ClinesmithClinesmith & Lynch
Candidate 13th Congressional District of Texas
is a native of Post, Texas.After graduation from high school, Curtis continued his education at Texas Tech University.He eventually transferred to The University of North Texas where he received his Bachelor's degree in Education.
While attending night school, Curtis
pursed a Master's degree in History that was also awarded by North Texas.Curtis
final education with a Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University School of Law.Currently, Curtis
wife Penny reside in Denton where Curtis
practices law and Penny is a public school teacher. Curtis
has taken an active role in his
community.Currently, he is the President of the Board of Directors for an organization called Communities in Schools.
This group takes an active role in identifying at risk students, and provides them with needed counseling to ensure they become productive citizens.He also is a member of the advisory board for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and serves on the Board of Directors for the University of North Texas Alumni Association.
The Clinesmith campaign began in late August when Curtis
announced the formation of an exploratory committee to test the viability of a campaign against Mac Thomberry in the Thirteenth Congressional District of Texas.
formally announced his
candidacy in November of the past year.
Over the course of the last eight months, the Clinesmith campaign has gained momentum.During the last reporting period, Curtis
was one of only seven candidates nationwide that raised more money than the incumbent was.Roll Call magazine identified Curtis
as a "sleeper" for the 2000 election cycle.
...Ed Martin, a consultant for the Texas Democratic Party, was quoted in the article as saying, "I think Curtis has surprised a lot of people with his fundraising ability and the energy he has brought to the race ... Curtis is the type of candidate that people are keeping an eye on."