Alcee Hastings Biography – Alcee Hastings Wiki
Alcee L. Hastings (born Alcee Lamar Hastings) was an American politician, former civil rights lawyer, and federal judge. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Florida’s 23rd congressional district from 1993 to 2013 and Florida’s 20th congressional district, which includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties, from 2013 until his death in April 2021.
During the 117th Congress, Hastings served as the Vice Chairman of the House Rules Committee, was a member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Dean and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.
Born in Altamonte Springs, he attended public schools in Florida, and graduated from Fisk University in 1958. He earned his law degree from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee in 1963.
He began his career as a civil rights lawyer, including fighting to desegregate schools in Broward County, Fla. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, making him the first African-American Federal Judge in the State of Florida, and served in that position for 10 years, according to his congressional biography.
Alcee Hastings Impeachment
In 1981, Hastings was indicted on charges of conspiring to solicit a $150,000 bribe from an FBI agent posing as a racketeer trying to buy his way out of a prison sentence. In 1983, Hastings’ criminal trial ended when the jury found him not guilty.
Six years later, Congress took up the issue. Concluding he lied during the criminal trial, the House impeached Hastings and the Senate convicted him on eight of 11 articles, removing him from the bench. The Senate did not vote to disqualify him from holding future office.
Alcee Hastings Age
Alcee Lamar Hastings was born on Sept. 5, 1936, in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He died on April 6, 2021. He was 84.
Alcee Hastings Wife
Was Alcee Hastings married? He was married to Patricia Williams. In 1992, Hastings hired his longtime girlfriend Patricia G. Williams, a disbarred lawyer, to be on his congressional staff. She was paid nearly $3 million over more than 20 years. In 2017, they bought a home together west of Boynton Beach. In 2019, the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into Hastings and his relationship with a staffer. House rules do not allow members of Congress to be romantically involved with staff, but spouses are allowed to work in their offices. The committee’s investigation ended after it was disclosed that Hastings and the staffer had married.
Alcee Hastings Children
Alcee Hastings had four children; three adult children from a previous marriage, Alcee “Jody” Hastings II, Chelsea Hastings and Leah Hastings, and a stepdaughter, Maisha Williams.
Alcee Hastings Family
Alcee Hastings was born to Julius C. and Mildred L. Hastings. Both his parents were domestic workers. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Williams, and four children, according to The New York Times.
Alcee Hastings Death
Alcee Hastings passed away on April 6, 2021, at the age of 84, his family confirmed in a statement. The family of Congressman Alcee L. Hastings released the following statement on his passing: “It is with profound sadness and the deepest sense of loss that we announce the passing of the Honorable Alcee L. Hastings. He lived a life of triumph over adversity and his brilliance and compassion was felt amongst his constituents, colleagues, the nation and the world. He lived a full life with an indelible fighting spirit dedicated to equal justice. He believed that progress and change can only be achieved through recognizing and respecting the humanity of all mankind. He was never afraid to speak his mind and truly loved serving his constituents and his family. He will be dearly missed but his legacy and fighting spirit will forever live on.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman Alcee Hastings of Florida, who served his community in Congress for 28 years:
“Today, our Congressional community has been devastated by the passing of a cherished colleague, the Dean of the Florida Delegation: Congressman Alcee Hastings. Congressman Hastings was a beloved son of Florida, a respected leader in our Democratic Caucus and in the Congress. As an icon of the Congressional Black Caucus, he was an historic force in our nation’s politics. His passing is a great loss for America.
“All who knew Alcee knew him as a champion for the most vulnerable in our nation. As an attorney, civil rights activist and judge, and over his nearly thirty years in Congress, he fought tirelessly to create opportunities to lift up working families, communities of color, children and immigrants. From his position as Vice Chairman of the powerful Rules Committee, he was an effective force in ensuring that the voices of the American people were heard in the halls of the Congress.
“As he fought for American families at home, Congressman Hastings was a respected force for human rights, economic prosperity and security abroad. This commitment was recognized by his being named Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), the first Black American to hold this position. As Speaker of the House, it was my honor to join Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in recommending this appointment to President George W. Bush.
“Congressman Hastings was a trusted voice in the intelligence community, and as a former Vice Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, was a leader on countering terrorism and protecting the American people.
“Congressman Hastings leaves behind a powerful legacy of activism and action on behalf of Floridians and all Americans. His leadership and friendship will be missed by his many friends in Congress. May it be a comfort to his wife Patricia and his children, Alcee ‘Jody’ Jr., Chelsea and Leigh, that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.”
President Joe Biden released the following statement on the Passing of Congressman Alcee Hastings: “I had the privilege of getting to know Alcee Hastings during the years when he served in the House of Representatives and I served in the United States Senate and later as Vice President. I greatly admired him for his singular sense of humor, and for always speaking the truth bluntly and without reservation. A trailblazing lawyer who grew up in the Jim Crow South, Alcee was outspoken because he was passionate about helping our nation live up to its full promise for all Americans. It was a passion he forged as a pioneering civil rights lawyer in the 1960s, fighting tirelessly to desegregate hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in south Florida — a trailblazing spirit to advocate for what is right that guided him throughout his life.
“Across his long career of public service, Alcee always stood up to fight for equality, and always showed up for the working people he represented. And even in his final battle with cancer, he simply never gave up.
“Jill and I are saddened to learn of his passing. May God bless Alcee Hastings and his family.”
Alcee Hastings Health
In late 2018, Hastings was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. On January 14, 2019, Hastings announced that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was undergoing treatment at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings said at the time: “I was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and in the midst of this traumatizing news, I found myself wondering not only if I would survive this disease, but also if it would impact my ability to perform my duties. Now that I have begun treatment, I feel hopeful about survival and about my ability to continue serving my constituents of Florida’s 20th Congressional district and the nation.
“My doctors have stated that the advancement in the treatment of cancer is evolutionary and the success rates continue to climb resulting in a dramatic decrease in the number of cancer-related deaths.
“I have been convinced that this is a battle worth fighting, and my life is defined by fighting battles worth fighting. Should it become clear that this cancer which has invaded my body cannot be defeated, I will tell you so.
“I release this statement, because I want to be the source providing you with this information. I ask for your prayers at this time.”
Alcee Hastings Cause of Death
Alcee Hastings died of pancreatic cancer. In January 2019, Hastings said that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was undergoing treatment at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington.
Alcee Hastings Net Worth
Alcee Hastings’ net worth is estimated to be $8 million. According to a survey of U.S. lawmakers, the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) named Hastings the “Poorest Member of Congress,” with an estimated net worth of $7,549,002 in 2018.
Alcee Hastings First Wife
Prior to his marriage to his second wife Patricia G. Williams, Alcee Hastings was married to his first wife, with whom he had three adult children, Alcee “Jody” Hastings II, Chelsea Hastings, and Leah Hastings.