Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports:
Alcee Hastings, the longtime Congressman who served South Florida for decades and fought for civil rights, has died at 84 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. First elected in 1992, Hastings was in his 15th term in Congress representing District 20, which includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
Appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, he became the first African-American federal judge in the state of Florida, and served in that position for 10 years.
In 1981, Hastings was indicted on charges of soliciting a bribe. Although acquitted in 1983, a separate judicial investigation led to his impeachment and removal from the bench in 1989. Hastings felt redeemed by his election to Congress in 1992.
Read the full article. Hastings won reelection in November 2020 by over 57 points.
BREAKING NEWS: Alcee Hastings, the longtime Congressman who served South Florida for decades and fought for civil rights, has died at 84 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. https://t.co/F8maO5k7P4
— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) April 6, 2021
Such sad news: Congressman Alcee Hastings has died at 84.
Hastings crusaded against racial injustice as a civil rights lawyer, became a federal judge and went on to win 15 congressional elections, becoming Florida’s senior member of Congress. https://t.co/IDFngpE9rU
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 6, 2021
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings served his constituents as a civil rights attorney, judge, and Dean of our Congressional delegation. He changed the face of politics in FL and brought passion & unwavering dedication to the fight for justice. We are forever grateful for a life well lived. pic.twitter.com/K9mMhAYwrw
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) April 6, 2021