Florida Lawmakers Remember Former Colleague John Patrick Julien

Sep 27, 2013

Florida lawmakers are remembering their former fellow colleague, John Patrick Julien. The former South Florida legislator lost his battle with cancer Friday. Ocala Republican Representative Dennis Baxley worked with Julien when he was the ranking Democratic member on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, a panel Baxley chaired. Speaking at the end of a recent committee hearing, Baxley mourned the loss of his friend.

“And, it’s heartbreak for his family, and we want our prayers to be with them, and I just ask for you to observe with me a moment of silence in honor of our wonderful friend, Representative Julien,” said Baxley.

In a statement, House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston called Julien a “great friend and public servant.” Julien served just one term in the Florida House, from 2010 to 2012. The 50-year-old tried to run again, but became embroiled in a battle with Democratic Representative Barbara Watson over their newly redrawn House District.  He took the matter to court to contest his loss, but the court found in Watson’s favor.

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