April 06, 2021

Congresswoman Lee Mourns the Loss of Congressman Alcee Hastings

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the death of 15-term Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL):

"My deepest condolences are with my colleague and dear friend, Congressman Alcee Hastings’, family, wife Patricia, and staff. Congressman Hastings dedicated his life to public service and justice as a civil rights lawyer, a judge, and throughout his 15 years in Congress.

"I met Congressman Hastings in the 1980’s, long before my time in Congress. My good friend, the late Yvonne Golden, introduced me to him at an event in Oakland. He was so gracious. We became friends, even though at that time I was not an elected official.

"Many people don’t know that he was also a dedicated and loving caregiver for his ailing mother during the time my mother was struggling with her health as well. He supported me, gave me advice and helped me realize what a blessing it was to have a loving mother who I could take care of in her final years on earth.

"Congressman Hastings was very direct with me, as he was with others, and cut through the noise with his ideas and advice. You did not have to guess where Congressman Hastings was coming from. What he said, he meant—even when it was the harsh truth. He would give me advice, cheer me on and many times, told me he was going to join me in my efforts to repeal the war authorizations.

"I had the privilege to travel abroad with Congressman Hastings, and he commanded respect throughout the world with his knowledge of foreign policy and diplomatic initiatives. His efforts to unite people of African descent in Europe and the United States were visionary and had far reaching impact. His loss will be felt across Florida, our country, and the globe. May he rest in eternal power and peace."