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Former Florida House Speaker Donald L. Tucker dies at age 84

He had been fighting cancer for 20 years.
Former House Speaker Don Tucker, then a lobbyist, tells members of a regulated industries subcommittee in 1985 that Florida already has a lottery. Tucker displayed a Canadian lottery pamphlet he said has been mailed to Floridians and told the committee he was going to enter the sweepstakes.
Former House Speaker Don Tucker, then a lobbyist, tells members of a regulated industries subcommittee in 1985 that Florida already has a lottery. Tucker displayed a Canadian lottery pamphlet he said has been mailed to Floridians and told the committee he was going to enter the sweepstakes. [ Times files ]
Published Sep. 25, 2019
Updated Sep. 25, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Former House Speaker Donald L. Tucker died late Tuesday night, ending a 20-year fight against cancer. Elected to the Florida House in 1966, Tucker served until 1978 and was the only member in modern times to serve two terms as speaker.

Tucker was 84 and lived in Tallahassee where he worked as a lobbyist for many years after retiring from the Legislature. He grew up in Crawfordville south of Tallahassee, the son of state Sen. Luther C. Tucker.

Tallahassee’s Civic Center bears his name as a result of funding he helped the city acquire for its construction.