Dem Florida Rep. Hastings Says He Has Pancreatic Cancer

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: United States Congressman Alcee Hastings speaks before the arrival of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a campaign rally at the Sunrise Theatre on September 3... CORAL SPRINGS, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: United States Congressman Alcee Hastings speaks before the arrival of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a campaign rally at the Sunrise Theatre on September 30, 2016 in Coral Springs, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage) MORE LESS
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January 14, 2019 3:38 p.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings says he has pancreatic cancer but plans to remain in office as he fights the disease.

The 82-year-old Democrat said in a statement Monday that he’s optimistic about his chances for survival and for being able to perform his duties.

Hastings was elected to the House in 1992 and is a member its Rules Committee.

He had previously served as a U.S. district judge but was impeached by the House in 1988 and convicted by the Senate on charges that he had accepted a $150,000 bribe from two co-defendants seeking a light sentence.

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