Rep. Davis dies
Rep. Mike Davis, R-Naples, died about 10 a.m. after a battle with cancer, his parish has confirmed. Davis, 60, planned to serve through his term in 2008 but announced plans not to seek re-election.
His wife, Patricia, forwarded a message to the House this morning saying he was "resting comfortably" after suffering many months. "My son, Christian and I wish to express our gratitude for all the prayers and well wishes that have been offered up for Michael."
The family plans Mass on Saturday followed by a reception, and the House is planning a memorial. (House photo by Meredith Hill. Davis urges support for his affordable housing bill, HB 1363, on May 1, 2006.)
House Speaker Marco Rubio: "As a Legislator, Mike earned our broad respect, especially through his leadership to provide affordable housing for citizens in Florida. Mike was a private person, devoted to his family, who carried the burden of his battle with disease with true dignity. We will greatly miss our colleague and friend and send our deepest sympathies to his family. "
Senate President Ken Pruitt: “The Florida Legislature lost a great friend today with the passing of Representative Mike Davis. Thousands of Floridians were blessed to experience the ‘American Dream’ of home ownership because of his tireless efforts as the author and champion of our state’s affordable housing programs. Mike Davis didn’t just occupy a place in our state history; he changed history for the better. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends who are experiencing the loss of such an honorable man.”
Gov. Charlie Crist: “Today Florida mourns the loss of Representative Mike Davis. I share the sorrow of his loving family as well as that of my friends in the Florida Legislature who had the privilege of working closely with him. Representative Davis advocated passionately for the people of his district, and he was often regarded as the champion for affordable housing. As we continue to work on tough issues facing Floridians this year, we will remember the leadership of Representative Davis and the model of statesmanship he demonstrated. My prayers are with his family and friends during this time.”