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Former Rep. Clay Shaw remembered with bipartisan tributes

by George Bennett | September 11th, 2013

Republicans and Democrats have paid tribute today to former Rep. Clay Shaw, who died of lung cancer Tuesday night at age 74. Fort Lauderdale Republican Shaw represented a South Florida district from 1981 to 2007 and authored landmark welfare reform and Everglades restoration bills.

Some statements on Rep. Shaw:

Former Gov. Jeb Bush: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Emilie and all of Clay’s family and friends. He was a dedicated public servant with a big heart who loved family, country and his beloved state of Florida. He leaves behind a legacy of service that is an example to many.”

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach: “We have lost a great statesman for South Florida. I will always fondly remember Clay Shaw from my time as Mayor of West Palm Beach, as someone who you could work with in a bipartisan manner and as a true gentleman. My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time.”

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar: “I have a heavy heart today. Clay was a good friend of mine. My overall feelings turn to the extraordinary work he did on behalf of South Florida…I consider that we’ve lost a great American and a real dynamic congressperson who I would describe as a cross-aisle politician.”

Gov. Rick Scott: “Representative Clay Shaw served the citizens of Florida with integrity. Representative Shaw authored the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 and he introduced the Missing and Exploited Children Act of 1982. In 2008, he was named a ‘Great Floridian’ by the Florida Department of State. Representative Shaw’s willingness to work across the aisle to solve problems made him an effective champion for Florida seniors, environmental treasures like the Everglades, and our nation’s children. Ann and I join all Floridians as we mourn the passing of such an influential man. Our prayers remain with Representative Shaw’s wife, Emilie, and his entire family, as we offer our most sincere condolences today.”

Sen. Marco Rubio: “For over a quarter century, Clay Shaw epitomized everything a public servant should be and made South Floridians proud. I was always impressed by Clay’s work on the causes he was most passionate about. Clay’s impact on America will forever be felt through the important reforms he championed on welfare reform, Social Security reform and Everglades restoration. My wife Jeanette and I are praying for Clay’s wife, Emilie, and their family in this time of grief, and I hope they will find some comfort in knowing he lived an extraordinary life in the service of his community and his country.”

Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee: “For those of who have represented areas in South Florida and Palm Beach County, Clay Shaw casts a huge shadow. In his long career, he fought for conservative principles, valued results over rhetoric, and always listened to his constituents and put the needs of his district first. His example still serves as a guide for the Florida delegation, which he chaired for more than a decade. Clay Shaw loved his country and his state, was a true servant to his community, and he will be deeply missed.”

Former Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler: “Clay was a gentleman’s gentleman. He always exhibited professional courtesy and kindness even during the most partisan debates. He was astute and pointed but practiced a charming sense of self deprecation. Clay served the public with honor and the highest sense of integrity. In fact, Clay was ‘Mr. Integrity.’ His love of country and affection for Florida was infectious.”

15 Responses to “Former Rep. Clay Shaw remembered with bipartisan tributes”

  1. Max Says:

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  2. slank Says:

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  3. slank Says:

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  4. kaka Says:

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  5. kaka Says:

    d he will be deeply missed.”

    Former Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler: “Clay was a gentleman’s gentleman. He always exhibited professional courtesy and kindness even during the most partisan debates. He was astute a

  6. kaka Says:

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  7. kaka Says:

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    Gov. Rick Scott: “Rep

  8. kaka Says:

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