George Firestone, 80, passed away today. A New York City native, he and his family moved to Miami in 1936. Firestone, a Miami businessman and community booster, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1966 in a district that covered Dade and Monroe counties. In 1972, he was elected to the Florida Senate, left two years later and thenm in 1978, was elected Florida Secretary of State. He resigned in 1987.
From House Democratic leader Ron Saunders of Key West:
"I am saddened to learn of the passing of George Firestone. Having served in the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate, George represented well the citizens in Dade and Monroe counties. He also will be remembered as a reform-minded Florida Secretary of State who helped to promote the arts and culture of our state. He was a businessman and a great advocate for many Floridians.
"On behalf of the Florida House Democratic Caucus, I send my condolences to his family and our appreciation for his many years of public service."