U.S. Representative, Civil Rights Attorney and Judge Alcee Hastings Dies
He was 84
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, a charismatic civil rights lawyer who became Florida’s first Black federal judge, was impeached on corruption charges and made a remarkable comeback as a liberal Democratic member of the U.S. House and the dean of his state’s congressional delegation, died April 6. He was 84.
His chief of staff, Lale Morrison, confirmed the death but did not share additional details. Rep. Hastings announced in 2019 that he was being treated for pancreatic cancer.
A pathbreaking jurist and politician, Rep. Hastings was appointed to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. He became one of Florida’s first three Black representatives since Reconstruction when, in 1992, he was elected alongside fellow Democrats Corrine Brown and Carrie Meek.
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