Last updated on: 12/6/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr., JD Biography

Title:
41st Governor of the State of Florida
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“This new policy [1995 Cuban Migration Accords to repatriate Cuban refugees at sea] lessens the threat of dangerous, illegal immigration from Cuba, if its provisions are honored by Cuba and the United States, but we will remain vigilant in our resolve to protect Florida from paying the price for the nation’s immigration problems.”

“Keep Out, You Tired, You Poor…,” Times Magazine, Oct. 03, 1994

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 41st Governor of the State of Florida, 1991-1998
  • U.S. Senator (D-FL), 1971-1989
  • State Senator, Florida State, 1966-1970
  • State Representative, Florida House of Representatives, 1958-1966
  • Veteran of the Korean War, Officer, Artillery, U.S. Army
  • Chairman, Senate Budget Committee, 100th Congress, 1987-1989
  • Chairman, Special Committee on Aging, 96th Congress, 1979-1981
Education:
  • JD, University of Florida, 1955
  • Attended University of Florida, 1950
Other:
  • Commonly known as “Walkin’ Lawton,” for the 91-day walking campaign he launched in Florida
  • Born: 1930
  • Deceased: Dec. 12, 1998