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Representative and 
Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation

Alcee Lamar Hastings born September 5, 1936-April 6, 2021 was an American politician and judge. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Florida's 23 congressional district from 1993-2013 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


Hastings was the longest-serving representative from Florida at the time of his death, making him dean of the state’s congressional delegation. “Alcee never let the chatter, or the noise get in his way. He never let the detractors, or the haters stop his purpose. He was going to fight for the poor, the voiceless, Black, or brown people no matter what. And if you didn’t like it, he didn’t care,” said former U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, now a senior adviser to President Joe Biden.

He was elected to Congress in 1992, when Florida sent three Black representatives to Washington for for the first time since 1877, when the post-Civil War era of Reconstruction ended.

In Congress, he represented most of the African American and Caribbean American communities in Broward and Palm Beach counties, though the borders of his district changed somewhat over the years.

Vice President Kamala Harris, congressional leaders pay tribute to the late Rep. Alcee Hastings at U.S. Capitol ceremony
Committee assignments
  • Committee on Rules (Vice Chair)

  • Submcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process

  • Helsinki Commission (Chair)

Caucus memberships
  • Congressional Arts Caucaus 

  • Afterschool Caucuses 

  • Congressional NextGen 9-1-1-Caucus

  • United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus

  • Veterinary Medicine Caucus 

  • U.S Japan Caucus 

  • Medicare for All Caucus 

  • Blue Collar Caucus 

Leadership positions
  • Florida Congressional delegation (co-chairman)

  • Senior Democratic whip

  • Congressiona lCaucaus on Global Road Safety (co-chairman)

  • International Conservation Caucaus

  • Sportsmen's Caucus

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