Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued the following statement on the passing of former Florida Governor Reubin Askew:
“As one of the most beloved and effective governors in Florida’s history, Reubin Askew’s service improved the lives of many people across our state. He played a critical role in shaping Florida into the great state it is today, championing government transparency, stronger ethics laws and civil rights.
“One of the most remarkable things about Askew’s time in office is how deeply it embodies the values by which he lived. Throughout his many years of service, it was often his personal integrity that inspired the public. Askew was a man of principle, guiding Florida through a critical time in America’s history by advocating such things as racial tolerance and school desegregation. And although he was a Democrat, he believed in the sanctity of unborn life.
“Reubin Askew led by example, and his efforts to promote the good in both people and our government will never be forgotten. My wife Jeanette and I send our condolences to his family and friends as they mourn his passing and celebrate his life.”