Longtime Congressman Dies, Leaving Seat Vacant

Longtime Congressman Dies, Leaving Seat Vacant

Rep. Alcee Hastings, the fiercely liberal longtime Florida congressman who was dogged throughout his tenure by an impeachment that ended his fast-rising judicial career, died Tuesday. He was 84.

His death was confirmed by his chief of staff, Lale M. Morrison. Hastings, a Democrat from the Fort Lauderdale area, announced two years ago that he had pancreatic cancer.

Hastings was known as an advocate for minorities, a defender of Israel and a voice for gays, immigrants, women and the elderly.

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He held senior posts on the House Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission, which works with other countries on a variety of multinational issues.

But the bribery scandal that led to his impeachment derailed his ambitions for a greater leadership role.

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“That seems to be the only thing of significance to people who write,” Hastings told The

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