South Florida Congressman, Alcee Hastings, who just won re-election in 2020, has died at the age of 84 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Hastings term in the Broward-Palm Beach County, heavily Democrat, 20th Congressional District was set to expire on January 3, 2023.
Hastings was impeached as a federal judge and removed from office, and went on to win 15 congressional elections, becoming Florida’s senior Democrat member of Congress.
He died Tuesday morning, a longtime friend said.
In late 2018, Hastings was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer but continued public appearances between medical treatments.
However, in recent days, he had been in hospice care.
Congressman Ted Deutch, another South Florida Democrat, described Hastings at a 2019 luncheon in his colleague’s honor as someone “who can stand up to a bully, who can represent people whose voices need to be heard, who’s unafraid to say what needs to be said.”
Prior to his election to Congress, Hastings served as a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida from 1979 until 1989, when he was impeached on counts of perjury and bribery and removed from office.
During his time in Congress, Hastings served as the Senior Member in the House Committee on Rules.