Alcee Hastings

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Alcee Hastings currently serves the 23rd Congressional district of Florida

Alcee Lamar Hastings, a Democrat, has represented the 23rd District of Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993 (map). Hastings is a Senior Democratic Whip. He posts his schedule online (available here)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Hastings voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Hastings posts his schedule online

Since June 2007, Rep. Hastings has posted in schedule online, here. Congresspedia archives his schedule here

Impeachment from District Court

In 1979, Hastings was appointed a federal judge for the Southern District of Florida by President Jimmy Carter. Two years later, Hastings was indicted on charges of conspiring to solicit a bribe from two defendants awaiting sentencing in his court. Hastings was unanimously acquitted of the charges in 1983.

The Judicial Council of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, however, soon launched a separate investigation into the matter which lasted nearly four years. Ultimately, the council (which was led by former Watergate prosecutor John Doar and comprised of the active appeals court judges for that circuit and three U.S. District judges) found that Hastings was not only guilty of the initial charges, but also that he repeatedly lied during his trial. Following this report, the House Judiciary Committee approved seventeen articles of impeachment against Hastings. Sixteen dealt with the bribery case, while one centered around Hastings' improper revelation of sensitive government information obtained through a federal wiretap in 1985. In late 1988, the articles passed the House by a vote of 413-3. The Senate, following a trial by a twelve-member committee, chose to convict Hastings on eight of the articles, but opted not to restrict him from seeking federal elected office in the future (which it had the authority to do).

In 1992, a federal judge remanded Hastings' conviction back to the Senate, arguing that Hastings should have received a trial by the full Senate, and also that his Senate trial constituted "double-jeopardy." The Supreme Court, however, had ruled in a similar case that the courts have no jurisdiction over impeachment proceedings, and Hastings' conviction was therefore upheld.

Main article: Alcee Hastings corruption scandal


Hastings was born September 5, 1936 in Altamonte Springs, Florida. He was educated at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Florida A&M University. In 1979, he was appointed as a federal judge for the Southern District of Florida by President Jimmy Carter, serving until his impeachment and removal from office in 1989.

Hastings was first elected to the House in 1992.

According to his House website, "...Congressman Hastings has been an outspoken advocate for making our country safer and more secure; ensuring that our election systems are easier and more fair; creating tax incentives for small businesses; expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit; providing job training and reeducation for displaced workers; banning assault weapons; funding Head Start and education programs; making Social Security an independent agency; and providing family and medical leave to all workers. Known throughout the world as an expert in foreign policy, Hastings has introduced legislation advocating diplomacy before military action to settle disputes with established and emerging nations. Throughout his lifetime, Congressman Hastings has championed the rights of minorities, women, the elderly, children and immigrants." [1]

Intelligence Committee Resignation

In December 2007, Hastings announced he would step down from he House Intelligence Committee. Because of House rules on select committees, members can serve only "four two-year sessions within six consecutive sessions." By resigning from the committee now, Hastings can seek an additional two-year term as early as 2009.[2]

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Hastings' seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2]

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Florida superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Alcee Hastings, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Alcee Hastings
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

Boards and other Affiliations


DC Office:
2235 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-1313
Fax: 202-225-1171
Email: alcee.pubhastings AT
Web Email

District Office - Fort Lauderdale:
2701 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Phone: 954-733-2800
Fax: 954-735-9444

District Office - West Palm Beach:
5725 Corporate Way, Suite 208
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Phone: 561-684-0565
Fax: 561-684-3613

Articles and resources

External Resources


Local blogs and discussion sites

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Alcee Hastings. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Ranking Member On:

Congressional Black Caucus, Helsinki Commission, Senior Democratic Whip, Vice Chairman of the Democratic Select Committee on Election Reform
Committees: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence/Subcommittee on Terrorism Human Intelligence Analysis and Counterintelligence, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Rules, House Committee on Rules/Subcommittee on the Legislative and Budget Process
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 3, 1992
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1993
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
U.S. District Court judge, Broward County Circuit Court judge
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District Offices:
1. 2701 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Phone: 954-733-2800 / Fax: 954-735-9444
2. 5725 Corporate Way, Suite 208, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Phone: 561-684-0565 / Fax: 561-684-3613

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Date of Birth: September 5, 1936

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. William Gibson, "Congressman Hastings quits intelligence committee", South Florida Sun-Sentinel, December 4, 2007