Lawson Statement on the passing of Senator Arnett Girardeau
Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) released the following statement on the death of former State Senator Arnett E. Girardeau:
“I was saddened today to learn of the death of former State Senator Arnett E. Girardeau, D.D.S. All Floridians are grateful for his principled leadership and service to our state and our country. Senator Girardeau’s commitment to serving the people of Jacksonville, and the state of Florida, is unparalleled.
Senator Girardeau was one of the first African-Americans to serve in the Florida Senate, since reconstruction. He was a trailblazer and role model of excellence for many of us who would follow in his footsteps. As a young legislator, Senator Girardeau helped to mentor me as we fought for North Florida. His passionate commitment to social justice inspired a generation to action.
It is with great sadness and respect that I extend my deepest condolences to Senator Girardeau’s family, especially his wife Carolyn, his children Arnett and Arnetta, and many friends. I hope it is a comfort to his family and friends that so many people share their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.“
Senator Girardeau represented Jacksonville in the Florida Senate from 1982–1992, rising to Senate President Pro Tempore from 1988–1990. He also served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1976–1982.