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Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr., JD Biography

41st Governor of the State of Florida
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“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

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
  • JD, University of Florida, 1955
  • Attended University of Florida, 1950
  • Commonly known as “Walkin’ Lawton,” for the 91-day walking campaign he launched in Florida
  • Born: 1930
  • Deceased: Dec. 12, 1998