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U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek died Sunday at the age of 95 after a long battle with an undisclosed illness. Reactions, remembrances and tributes have poured in across social media in the 24 hours since the news broke.
Meek, the granddaughter of a slave, was Florida’s first Black U.S. Representative in the post-Reconstruction era. The South Florida Democrat served 20 years in Congress and never lost an election — her son, former U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, succeeded her and served four terms.
Jared Moskowitz, the former Division of Emergency Management Director who was recently appointed to the Broward County Commission, described her simply: “Carrie Meek was a legend.”
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said Meek “was a pioneer, community leader and advocate for her constituents.”
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel said, “For more than two decades, Carrie served the people of Florida, fighting for voting rights, economic equality, health care, education, housing and more. She will be deeply missed. My thoughts are with her family and loved ones, may her memory be a blessing.”
And state Sen. Shevrin Jones described her as a trailblazer and steadfast leader.
“We all are better because of her. Thank you for paving the way for so many of us,” he said.
Condolences also came in from some of the highest-ranking elected leaders in the country, such as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who served alongside Meek during her full tenure in the House.
“Congresswoman Meek was a remarkable, trailblazing leader who helped expand opportunity in America. At every level of her historic service — from the statehouse to the U.S. House — she not only made history but made progress for our nation,” Pelosi said.
She was fondly remembered by her Republican colleagues, too.
“Carrie was an indefatigable fighter for justice, and we were blessed to have her with us for so long,” former U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said, describing her as “a true fighter. A gifted orator. A tremendously positive influence in our community.”
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