Michael Waltz celebrates Dorothy Hukill’s legacy on House floor
Remembering a devoted public servant: Dorothy Hukill.

Waltz took to the House floor Friday to honor Hukill, who died from cancer a year ago.

U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz took to the House floor Friday to honor former Sen. Dorothy Hukill, who died from cancer a year ago.

“Dorothy Hukill was a servant leader who dedicated more than two decades of her life serving our community, working tirelessly to improve the lives of residents in our area,” Waltz said.

The first term congressman went on to recount her push for financial literacy education during her time in the Legislature.

Hukill, a Republican, spent years trying to get a financial literacy class into Florida high schools, and in the 2019 Legislative Session, that priority was included in an education bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“Dorothy didn’t care about the spotlight. She preferred to be quiet, yet effective. She was always on her A-game and she truly cared about her constituents,” he said. “Dorothy didn’t see people as Republicans, Democrats or independents, she understood the need to work with everyone and she truly cared about her community and the people she represented.

“Dorothy would put up welcome signs for people in our community who often planned months in advance to travel to Florida’s Capitol in Tallahassee,” Waltz continued. “She was a true example of a servant leader. She fought to inspire others to make our community a better place and she is missed dearly.”

Waltz’ remembrance of the longtime politician was well received by Sen. Wilton Simpson, a Trilby Republican who is in line to take over as Senate President after the 2020 elections.

A video of the floor speech is below.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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