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Former Sen. C. Welborn Daniel dies

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Former state Sen. C. Welborn Daniel died Wednesday, according to an announcement from the Florida Senate. He was 90.

Daniel in 1970 (State Archives)
Daniel in 1970 (State Archives)

Daniel, a Democrat, served in the House representing Lake County 1957-63, then in the Senate representing two different districts in 1965-66 and 1968-72.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church of Tavares, 600 W. Ianthe Street, in Tavares.

A lunch reception and family visitation will follow in the activity center of the church, according to a Senate memo.

In lieu of flowers, Daniel’s family asks that memorial contributions be made to Cornerstone Hospice of Tavares or Lake Sumter State College Foundation in Leesburg.

Condolences may be sent to: Mrs. C. Welborn Daniel, 1805 Tweed Court, Scottish Highlands, Leesburg, FL 34788.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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