Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings dead at 84

Longtime Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, the dean of the Florida congressional delegation, died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, two leadership sources confirmed. He was 84.

Hastings started his career as a civil rights attorney and was nominated by former President Carter in 1979 as a federal judge in Florida. Nearly a decade later, he was impeached by the House for bribery and perjury, and convicted by the Senate, making him only the sixth federal judge in U.S. history to be ousted from office by the Senate.

Hastings later made an unlikely political comeback in 1992, winning a seat in the same House of Representatives that impeached him years earlier. He would represent South Florida in Congress for 15 terms, making him the longest serving member of Congress in the Sunshine State’s delegation.

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