Patricia Williams Bio, Wiki
Patricia Williams is best known for being the wife of Alcee Lamar Hastings, a U.S. Representative for Florida’s 20th congressional district. The district includes most of the majority-black precincts in and around Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. In January 2019, Hastings was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He died on April 6, 2021, at age 84.
Patricia Williams & Rep Alcee Hastings
In 1992, Hastings hired his longtime girlfriend Patricia G. Williams, a disbarred lawyer, to be on his congressional staff. She was paid nearly $3 million over more than 20 years. In 2017, they bought a home together west of Boynton Beach.
While in Congress, Rep. Hastings drew scrutiny for his spending habits, including the use of taxpayer money on trips abroad. In 2012, the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington reported that he had paid Patricia Williams, often described as his longtime girlfriend, more than $600,000 from 2007 to 2010 to work as deputy district director of his congressional office. He insisted that she was not “family” and declined to say whether they were in a relationship.
A House ethics investigation into whether he had an improper relationship with Williams was dropped last year, following the disclosure that they had been married since 2019.
He was divorced at least twice and had three children. A complete list of survivors was not immediately available.
Rep Alcee Hastings Death & Cause
Representative Alcee Hastings of Florida, a former civil rights lawyer and federal judge who served in Congress for nearly three decades and became the vice chairman of the House Rules Committee, died Tuesday morning April 6h, 2021. He was 84.
Hastings, a Democrat, had announced in 2019 that he had pancreatic cancer. His death was confirmed by his chief of staff, Lale Morrison.
“He lived a full life with an indelible fighting spirit dedicated to equal justice,” Mr. Hastings’s family said in a statement released by his office. “He believed that progress and change can only be achieved through recognizing and respecting the humanity of all mankind. He was never afraid to speak his mind and truly loved serving his constituents and his family.”
His death will narrow Democrats’ already-slim House majority until a special election can be held to fill the seat. His district — Florida’s 20th, which includes Black communities around Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach as well as a huge area around Lake Okeechobee — is reliably Democratic.