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Florida legislator Kristin Jacobs dies of cancer at 60

Posted at 12:28 PM, Apr 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 12:30:29-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida state Rep. Kristin Jacobs has died of colon cancer. She died at the age of 60 on Saturday.

She spent most of the recently completed legislative session working from her hospital bed, but she did return to Tallahassee last month for passage of a bill named in her honor banning the importation of shark fins to the state.

Before being elected to the state House in 2014, she served 16 years on the Broward County Commission, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“We are greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Kristin Jacobs. She was a wonderful activist, county commissioner and state legislator and did so much for our community and our state. She will be greatly missed by all of us. We send our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones," said Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo.