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Lawton Chiles
41st Governor of Florida
In office
January 8, 1991 – December 12, 1998
Lieutenant Buddy MacKay
Preceded by Bob Martinez
Succeeded by Buddy MacKay
United States Senator
from Florida
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1989
Preceded by Spessard Holland
Succeeded by Connie Mack III
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Budget
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1989
Preceded by Pete Domenici
Succeeded by Jim Sasser
Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Frank Church
Succeeded by H. John Heinz III
Personal details
Born Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr.
(1930-04-03)April 3, 1930
Lakeland, Florida
Died December 12, 1998(1998-12-12) (aged 68)
Tallahassee, Florida
  • at the Florida Governor's Mansion
Resting place Chiles Family Estate

Lakeland, Florida

Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Rhea Chiles
Alma mater University of Florida
Religion Presbyterianism
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1953–1954
Battles/wars Korean War

Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr. (April 3, 1930 – December 12, 1998) was an American politician. He was the 41st Governor of Florida from January 8, 1991 until his death in December 12, 1998.

Before he was governor, Chiles was also a United States Senator from Florida serving from January 3, 1979 to January 1989.

Chiles once walked on a 1,003 miles from Key West to Pensacola, so that he can win for election for the United States senate. This earned him the nickname "Walkin' Lawton".

Chiles died on December 12, 1998 in Tallahassee, Florida from a heart attack, aged 68. He was survived by his three children and his wife Rhea.

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