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Rick Scott orders flags at half-staff for Gene Campbell

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Gov. Rick Scott has ordered flags at half-staff for former state Rep. Martin Eugene “Gene” Campbell, who died last week.

Scott issued the directive Wednesday.

Campbell, a longtime high school teacher and administrator, served in the Florida House of Representatives 1974-76 and again in 1978-80, according to Scott’s statement.

“Campbell had a passion for education, often proposing bills to better fund Florida schools,” he said.

The U.S. and state flags will be flown at half-staff at the Palm Beach County Courthouse, the Royal Palm Beach City Hall and at the Capitol in Tallahassee, sunrise to sunset on Thursday.

A memorial service will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Palms West Funeral Home in Royal Palm Beach, according to his obituary.

A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Queen of Peace Cemetery in Royal Palm Beach.

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 jim@floridapolitics.com.

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