Surrounded by local faith and community leaders, former Senator and Governor Bob Graham endorsed Representative Sean Shaw to be Florida’s next Attorney General at a press conference today in Miami.
A two-term former Governor and three-term for United States Senator, Bob Graham is a legend in Florida whose legacy of public service continues to positively affect the lives of every citizen of the state to this day. Additionally, Governor Graham appointed Representative Shaw’s father, Leander Shaw, to the Florida Supreme Court in 1983, where he would go on to serve as our state’s first African-American Chief Justice.
“Leander Shaw was a pillar of the legal profession in Florida whose service on our state’s Supreme Court was a model in what it means to use the law as our great equalizer,” stated former Senator and Governor Bob Graham. “Sean Shaw is the embodiment of the values his father put into action each day. I am proud to endorse him to be Florida’s next Attorney General because I know he will put those values into action by fighting for common sense gun safety legislation, smart criminal justice reforms, and more resources to fight the opioid epidemic.”
“When it comes to political giants in Florida, there is no one who towers larger than Governor Bob Graham,” responded Representative Sean Shaw. “His dedication to standing up on behalf of every Floridian, protecting our environment for generations to come, and commitment to good government that answers to the people, not the powerful, is unmatched. I am honored to have his endorsement and to carry on his legacy of public service in Florida.”
Raised in North Florida, Representative Sean Shaw was taught the importance of public service from a young age by his father, Leander Shaw, the first African-American Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. During law school at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Sean clerked for a United States District Court judge focusing on constitutional law and the protection of civil rights. After law school, Sean worked in private practice representing workers, families, and small businesses during some of their most trying times. As Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate, Sean was an insurance industry watchdog protecting consumers against abuses from insurers. He led the process of negotiating lower rates for homeowners, pushed for faster response times from insurers after emergencies, and ensured rates were fair and justified. He currently represents State House District 61 in Tampa, where he has fought for more funding for public education, for criminal justice reforms, and for common sense gun safety legislation to make communities safer.