South Florida is mourning the death of longtime U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings, who died Tuesday after battling pancreatic cancer.

Hastings, who represented parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties in District 20 was recognized in separate commission meetings in each county Tuesday.

“This morning I lost a great friend, a giant of a man, a fearless fighter for justice and the equality and the opportunity for all people,” said Broward Commissioner Dale Holness. “Congressman Hastings was a voice for those without a voice.”

Below are some of the many statements and remembrances that have been shared about Hastings:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Florida has lost a brilliant, fearless, giant-hearted advocate for this state that he dearly loved, and Congress has lost a wise, patient and compassionate statesman. I have lost a treasured friend and true mentor, someone I constantly leaned on for sage counsel. Alcee Hastings’ life was devoted to righting wrongs and he wasn’t afraid to use a little shame to press for change. From the halls of Congress to Broward County and as far as the Parliamentary Assembly in Europe, Congressman Hastings leaves an immense political legacy. I mourn today with his family and all those communities across South Florida whom he helped and safeguarded. May his memory be a blessing.”

Rep. Ted Deutch: “I had the honor of working side by side with Alcee for more than a decade, seeing first-hand his passion and drive for standing up to injustice and fighting for our community. Alcee devoted his career to advancing civil rights for all Americans and human rights around the world. His leadership on racial justice issues brought together everyone committed to a more just and equitable society.”

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Rep. Lois Frankel: “It’s with a heavy heart that I have learned about the passing of my colleague and friend, Alcee Hastings,” said Rep. Frankel. “I’ve known Alcee for many years. He was a fierce fighter for civil rights and racial justice, and a great partner in Congress when it came to serving south Florida. He will be deeply missed. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and staff as we mourn his loss.”

Rep. Frederica Wilson: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear friend, colleague, and fellow Fiskite, Congressman Alcee Hastings. He was the first African-American man from Florida to be elected to Congress. He was a giant freedom fighter for the lost and left out, especially black communities. He feared no man, he feared no institution and was not shy about voicing his dissent on any issue. He is leaving behind an enormous legacy for generations yet unborn to cherish and emulate. Throughout his illness, Congressman Hastings worked hard and long hours until he was no longer able to, and even then he instructed his staff daily about how to help his constituents recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure they had the resources they needed. He also was an inaugural member of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project and I will always …read more

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