Charlie Crist Official State Portrait Unveiled

Following a tradition that has been in place since 1889, the portrait of Governor Charlie Crist was unveiled in the state Capitol Monday.

Crist served just one term, from 2007 to earlier this year. He told the crowd of well wishers he was Governor because America is still a land of opportunity.

"Having the opportunity to serve as your governor is an experience I never imagined would ever happen. But it did. This is a great country. As many of you have heard me say before, I am the grandson of an immigrant who came here with nothing. And I'm sure he never imagined that his grandson, my father's father, Adam Cristodolou, that his grandson would eventually be the 44th governor of Florida."

Crist has a tight lipped smile and his white hair is in sharp contrast to the dark background in the painting by artist Jeff Bass. Bass also painted the portrait of former Governor Jeb Bush.

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