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Alcee Lamar Hastings, the Democratic congressman from Florida, has appeared to have lost his longtime battle with pancreatic cancer and has passed away at the age of 84.
was an American politician and judge. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Florida’s 23rd congressional district from 1993 to 2013 and Florida’s 20th congressional district from 2013 until his death. The 20th district includes most of the majority-black precincts in and around Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. A Democrat, Hastings served as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida for 10 years. Although acquitted in a criminal trial, Hastings faced impeachment 3 years later and removal from the bench for conspiring and falsifying evidence which acquitted him while the other defendant was found guilty soliciting bribes. Hastings denied knowledge of any bribery.
Following Senator Bill Nelson’s departure from office in January 2019, Hastings became the dean (or longest-serving member) of Florida’s congressional delegation and assumed this title until his death.