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Gwen Margolis dies at 85

In this photo taken Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, state Senator Gwen Margolis gestures as she talks to a reporter in Miami. Margolis, said the proposed regulations would include inspections of parasailing equipment, new rules restricting rides during certain weather conditions and prohibitions against parasailing near fixed objects such as power lines. The proposal would also require operators to buy insurance. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
In this photo taken Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, state Senator Gwen Margolis gestures as she talks to a reporter in Miami. Margolis, said the proposed regulations would include inspections of parasailing equipment, new rules restricting rides during certain weather conditions and prohibitions against parasailing near fixed objects such as power lines. The proposal would also require operators to buy insurance. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)(WJHG)
Published: Jun. 9, 2020 at 5:06 PM CDT
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Gwen Margolis, the first female President of the Florida Senate and the last Democrat to preside for two full years over the state's upper chamber, died Tuesday.

Margolis was 85.

First elected to the Senate in 1980, she became the Senate President in 1990. The Miami Beach Democrat returned to state politics in 2002 and stepped down from the Senate again in 2008 to allow someone else to run before running and winning a third time in 2010.

She championed the Equal Rights Amendment and is responsible for implementing the will of voters who wanted a Department of Elder Affairs.

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