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Remembering Clay Shaw



Florida political figures remember Clay Shaw, who died Tuesday night at age 74.

Jeb Bush: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Emilie and all of Clay's family and friends. He was a dedicated public servant with a big heart who loved family, country and his beloved state of Florida. He leaves behind a legacy of service that is an example to many."

Rep. Lois Frankel: “We have lost a great statesman for South Florida. I will always fondly remember Clay Shaw from my time as Mayor of West Palm Beach, as someone who you could work with in a bipartisan manner and as a true gentleman. My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time.”

Allen West (via Twitter): "Fair winds & following seas 2 Clay Shaw who passed last night: American Statesman, great husband, tender dad & granddad. Steadfast & Loyal."

Sen. Marco Rubio: “For over a quarter century, Clay Shaw epitomized everything a public servant should be and made South Floridians proud.  I was always impressed by Clay’s work on the causes he was most passionate about.  Clay’s impact on America will forever be felt through the important reforms he championed on welfare reform, Social Security reform and Everglades restoration."

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart: “For over 30 years, Clay Shaw dedicated his life to public service. He was an honorable man who believed in the power of servant leadership and helping others. Clay was a true family man and his relationship with his wife, Emilie, was inspirational. His service as the dean of Florida’s Congressional delegation went beyond that – he was a mentor and friend to all. My wife Tia and I send our thoughts and prayers to Emilie, his children, and his grandchildren. He will always be remembered as a class act who loved his country.”

RPOF Chair Lenny Curry: "Congressman Shaw championed and authored welfare reform, making personal responsibility a large part of our federal government's focus. The Republican Party of Florida mourns with his wife Emilie, four children and 15 grandchildren. There's no doubt that people across Florida are proud of of Congressman Shaw's legacy."

Gov. Rick Scott: "Representative Clay Shaw served the citizens of Florida with integrity. Representative Shaw authored the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 and he introduced the Missing and Exploited Children Act of 1982. In 2008, he was named a ‘Great Floridian’ by the Florida Department of State. Representative Shaw’s willingness to work across the aisle to solve problems made him an effective champion for Florida seniors, environmental treasures like the Everglades, and our nation’s children."

Rep. Tom Rooney: “For those of who have represented areas in South Florida and Palm Beach County, Clay Shaw casts a huge shadow. In his long career, he fought for conservative principles, valued results over rhetoric, and always listened to his constituents and put the needs of his district first. His example still serves as a guide for the Florida delegation, which he chaired for more than a decade. Clay Shaw loved his country and his state, was a true servant to his community, and he will be deeply missed.”

Former spokeswoman Gail Gitcho: "I consider my time flacking for Mr. Shaw to be the greatest professional honor and privilege. I speak on behalf of the leagues of staffers who worked for him over three decades years when I say, simply, that we will miss him tremendously, but his legacy will remain."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 3:26pm]


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