Lawton Chiles

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Lawton Chiles

Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr. (April 3, 1930December 12, 1998) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Florida. In a career spanning four decades, Chiles, a Democrat who never lost an election, served in the Florida House of Representatives (1958–1966), the Florida State Senate (1966–1970), the United States Senate (1971–1989), and as the 41st Governor of Florida from 1991 until his death in office in the last month of his second term as governor.


  • We can show the way. We can make dust -- or eat dust.
    • State of the State address [1] (2 February 1993)
  • To be a successful state, we have to nurture successful children.
    • State of the State address [2] (4 March 1997)

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