U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., a longtime congressman who represented South Florida for almost three decades, has died, Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard said Tuesday morning.
Hastings, who announced in January 2019 that he was undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, was 84.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services called Hastings "a longtime crusader for equality" on Twitter.
Florida Congresswoman Val Demings says served his constituents as not just the dean of Florida's congressional delegation as the longest-serving member, but also as a judge and civil rights attorney.
Congresswoman Lois Frankel shared the following statement on Hastings' passing:
Former Congressman Patrick Murphy remembered Hastings as his "friend, a mentor, a teacher, and someone who lit up the room wherever he went."
Former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum called Hastings "a true public servant."
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who defeated Gillum in the 2018 election, said he was "saddened to learn of the passing" of Hastings.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued a statement in which she called Hastings a "cherished colleague" whose death is "a great loss for America."
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also issued a statement in which he called Hastings one of Florida's "most preeminent and passionate public servants."