Florida Senate - 2014                                    SR 1686
       By Senators Thrasher and Gaetz
       6-02697-14                                            20141686__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution honoring the memory of a true statesman,
    3         Reubin O’Donovan Askew, the 37th Governor of Florida,
    4         and remembering a life well lived on and off the
    5         political stage.
    7         WHEREAS, Reubin O’Donovan Askew was born on September 11,
    8  1928, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the youngest of six children of
    9  Leon and Alberta Askew, and
   10         WHEREAS, in 1937, Reubin O’Donovan Askew relocated with his
   11  mother and siblings to her hometown, Pensacola, where he shined
   12  shoes, bagged groceries, and delivered newspapers to help his
   13  mother support the family, and
   14         WHEREAS, upon graduating from Pensacola High School in
   15  1946, Reubin O’Donovan Askew enlisted in the United States Army
   16  as a paratrooper, serving for 2 years, and
   17         WHEREAS, Reubin O’Donovan Askew attended Florida State
   18  University, where he was student body president, joined the
   19  Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and, after earning a degree in
   20  public administration in 1951, became an Air Force officer,
   21  serving an additional 2 years of active duty during the Korean
   22  War, and
   23         WHEREAS, upon completing his tour of duty, Reubin O’Donovan
   24  Askew studied law at the University of Florida Law School, was
   25  class president and, after graduating in 1956, was Assistant
   26  County Solicitor in Escambia County from 1956 to 1958, and
   27         WHEREAS, Reubin O’Donovan Askew was elected to the Florida
   28  House of Representatives in 1958 and continued to serve in the
   29  House of Representatives until 1962, and
   30         WHEREAS, Reubin O’Donovan Askew served in the Florida
   31  Senate from 1962 to 1970, representing District 2, was President
   32  Pro Tempore during the 1968-1970 term, and
   33         WHEREAS, in 1970, Reubin O’Donovan Askew won election as
   34  Florida’s Governor and subsequently was reelected to a second
   35  term, and
   36         WHEREAS, Reubin O’Donovan Askew was a champion of ethics,
   37  transparency in government, tax reform, protection of Florida’s
   38  environment, and, despite great political cost, racial and
   39  gender equality, and
   40         WHEREAS, Reubin O’Donovan Askew chaired the Education
   41  Commission of the States from 1973 to 1974, the Southern
   42  Governors’ Conference from 1974 to 1975, the Democratic
   43  Governors’ Conference from 1976 to 1977, and the National
   44  Governors’ Conference in 1977, and
   45         WHEREAS, in 1979, Reubin O’Donovan Askew was appointed by
   46  President Jimmy Carter as United States trade representative,
   47  with cabinet and ambassador’s rank, a post he held for 2 years,
   48  and
   49         WHEREAS, Reubin O’Donovan Askew was an educator, teaching
   50  government and politics at Florida International University,
   51  Florida Atlantic University, Florida A&M University, the
   52  University of Florida, which named its institute of politics and
   53  society after him, and Florida State University, which named its
   54  school of public administration and policy after him, and
   55         WHEREAS, Reubin O’Donovan Askew is survived by his wife,
   56  former First Lady of Florida Donna Lou Askew, whom he married in
   57  1956, his children Kevin and Angela, and numerous grandchildren,
   58  and
   59         WHEREAS, Reubin O’Donovan Askew was a statesman who, by his
   60  integrity, hard work, and dedication in the face of adversity,
   61  helped restore Floridians’ trust in government, and
   62         WHEREAS, it is most appropriate that the Florida Senate
   63  commemorate the passing of one of its former members, who served
   64  his district, this state, and his nation so admirably, NOW,
   67  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   69         That this legislative body does pause in its deliberations
   70  to pay its respects to the late Governor Reubin O’Donovan Askew
   71  and that the Florida Senate in session assembled does record
   72  this testimonial of esteem and bereavement.
   73         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be
   74  presented to Mrs. Donna Lou Askew, a great and much admired
   75  first lady, as a tangible token of the sentiments expressed in
   76  this resolution.