Former Gov. Reubin Askew Has Died

Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew died in Tallahassee on Thursday after suffering aspirational pneumonia and a stroke. He was 85.  

Askew served as Florida's 37th governor from 1971-1979. The former state senator from Pensacola was best known for his promotion of fairer taxes as well as opposing racial segregation. He was the first governor in the state's history to be elected to consecutive terms.

Askew is considered one of the state's best governors -- the John F. Kennedy Institute from Harvard University ranked him as one of the top 10 governors in Florida history. 

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