Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 84. Hastings had represented the 20th district of the Sunshine State for 15 terms at the time of his death.
Hastings had originally been appointed by former President Jimmy Carter to be a federal judge in Florida back in 1979. He would later be impeached by the House of Representatives for bribery and perjury. Following a Senate conviction, he became only the sixth federal judge in the country's history to be expelled from his seat.
But in 1992, a heavily Democrat district in Florida elected him to the House where he has served ever since. Hastings's colleague, fellow Florida Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson praised him.
"He feared no man. He feared no institution. He was not shy about voicing his dissent about any issue," she said.
The seat will be filled by special election, but Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis will determine when to schedule that vote. That means it is likely that an already-narrow Democrat majority in the House will become even narrower for the time being.