Curtis Calabrese For Congress

MEET CURTIS

Curtis Calabrese is a Navy combat veteran and devoted public servant from Florida’s 22nd District. Curtis was born and raised in Boca Raton, FL, and received an academy nomination from former District 22’s Congressman Ron Klein. After a career of military and federal service around the globe, Curtis is excited to run as a Democrat for Congress and represent Florida’s 22nd District.

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Meet CURTIS

Curtis Calabrese is a Navy combat veteran and devoted public servant from Florida’s 22nd District. Curtis was born and raised in Boca Raton, FL, and received an academy nomination from former District 22’s Congressman Ron Klein. After a career of military and federal service around the globe, Curtis is excited to run as a Democrat for Congress and represent Florida’s 22nd District.

After graduating from the US Naval academy, Curtis became a Navy reconnaissance pilot, located the crashed EgyptAir Flight 804, hunted Russian submarines, and conducted combat missions from Djibouti. Curtis was appointed the role of Legal Officer and attended Naval Justice School, where he met his future husband. Curtis then deployed to Manila Bay as Joint Force Maritime Component Commander and later joined the Navy Reserves as an Aerospace Engineering Officer and the Federal Aviation Administration as an Inspector.

In the latter role, Curtis represented the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) and the aviation community nationwide during the 2019 US government shutdown. Additionally, he was the Inspector-in-Charge of the fatal January 2020 Calabasas helicopter accident, which gained significant national attention. During this period, Curtis earned his MS with Distinction from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and began his Ph.D. research at The University of New South Wales, Sydney–The Effects of Enforcement and Just Culture in Aviation.

Since leaving the FAA in 2020, Curtis captained a Lineage 1000 aircraft in worldwide operations before becoming a pilot for United Airlines. Additionally, he enthusiastically instructs graduate courses at ERAU on Aviation Rules and Regulations and Unmanned Systems. Curtis and his husband, Vance, reside in Boca Raton with their two huskies, Rocket and Ammo.