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Alan Trask (June 26, 1933 – January 9, 2019) was an American politician in the state of Florida.

Alan Trask
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Member of the Florida Senate
from the 13th district
In office
1973–1982
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 27th district
In office
1969–1971
Personal details
Born(1933-06-26)June 26, 1933
Bartow, Florida, U.S.
DiedJanuary 9, 2019(2019-01-09) (aged 85)
Lakeland, Florida, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic, Republican
Occupationcitrus, cattle farmer

Trask was born in Bartow, Florida. He attended the University of Florida and Florida Southern College.[1] He was elected to the State Senate for the 27th district in 1968 and served until 1971. He was redistricted to the 13th district in 1973, and served until 1982. He was a former president pro tempore of the senate and was a member of the Democratic Party.[2]

In 1981, he and Florida Representative Tom Bush successfully attached an amendment to the state budget that would deny funding to any state university that advocated sexual activity between unmarried adults.[3] Within months, Florida's Supreme Court unanimously ruled the provision an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment.[4][5] Shortly thereafter, several ethics allegations were made against Senator Trask, [6] and he resigned from office in July 1982.[7] He later switched to the Republican Party. Trask died on January 9, 2019.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://archive.flsenate.gov/data/Publications/Archive/SenateHandbooks/pdf/74-76%20Senate%20Handbook.pdf
  2. ^ "Florida Senators". ufl.edu.
  3. ^ "Ocala Star-Banner - Google News Archive Search". google.com.
  4. ^ "Ocala Star-Banner - Google News Archive Search". google.com.
  5. ^ "Unheard Voices". google.com.
  6. ^ "Lakeland Ledger - Google News Archive Search". google.com.
  7. ^ "Full text of "Florida Flambeau"". archive.org.
  8. ^ Alan Trask, former Florida senator from Bartow, has died at 85