Statements from House Speaker Jose R. Oliva and House Leadership on Passing of Rep. Kristin Jacobs

Updated: Apr 15



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After a years-long battle with cancer, Representative Kristin Jacobs has passed away. The Florida House of Representatives mourns her passing and remembers her dedicated service to the State of Florida.


“The world needs more Kristin Jacobs'. Representative Jacobs was a force for good. Even as she battled cancer, she remained dedicated and steadfast in her service to Floridians —requesting bills be heard in her absence and being in the Chamber every minute that she could,” House Speaker Jose R. Oliva said. “She will be remembered forever for her heart of service."

Reps. Jacobs & Overdorf on the Floor March 2020.

For years she worked tirelessly to ban the shark fin trade. During the 2020 Legislative Session, House Speaker Oliva agreed to waive the rules at her request so Representative Jacobs’ legislation could be heard in its first stop, the House State Affairs Committee. The bill ultimately passed all stops and now awaits the Governor’s signature. Her colleagues in the House amended the bill to name it the

Kristin Jacobs Ocean Conservation Act.


“Regardless of party affiliation or difference in opinion, Representative Jacobs would always listen. In a world of talkers, she paid attention to people and truly heard what they had to say,” Speaker Pro Tempore MaryLynn Magar said. “She was a deeply kind person, and she saw things practically — not politically. ” 


“Representative Jacobs’ legacy will live on forever in the Florida House,” House Majority Leader Dane Eagle said. “She fought for what she believed in, a strong advocate for Florida’s environment and waterways — all with a kind disposition and great sense of humor. Our heart goes out to her family and loved ones during this difficult time.”


“She will be dearly missed — she was both a great representative for her district and a great person,” House Majority Whip Michael Grant said. “Representative Jacobs was the voice of reason in a troubling time.” 


Rep. Jacobs, a Democrat from Coconut Creek, was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2014, and re-elected subsequently. A lifelong dedicated public servant, Jacobs served on the Broward County Commission and was Broward County Mayor in 2004-2005 and 2012-2013.


Click here to read more about the legacy of Representative Jacobs.


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