Via Governor Rick Scott’s office:
Early this morning, Thursday, March 13, 2014, Governor Reubin O’Donovan Askew passed away. Governor Askew was the 37th Governor of Florida, and the first Governor to be elected to a second, successive four-year term in Florida history. He began his service to our country in 1946 when he enlisted in the United States Army. After discharging as a sergeant in 1948, he once again served our country as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
Governor Askew’s public service career began in 1956 when he served as assistant county solicitor for Escambia County. From there, he went on to be elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1958, and then the Florida Senate in 1962 where he served as president pro tempore. In 1970, he was elected Governor and went on to pursue tax reform, the creation of water management districts, and improved ethical standards and accountability for candidates and public officials. Governor Askew taught at all ten major public universities in Florida, and most recently, he served as an eminent scholar chair at the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.
Governor Askew exemplified the ideals of public service. As a mark of respect for the memory of Governor Askew, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown immediately at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida, until sunset on the date of internment.