It was seven years ago to the day that Chiles died of a heart attack while exercising at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee.
His career in public service lasted more than 40 years, and Chiles never lost an election.
The Healthy Kids Program championed by Chiles became a model for the rest of the nation.
Dexter Douglass, former general counsel and lifelong friend, says, “Probably his greatest legacy was the emphasis on care for children. I think it was the first time in Florida that we had health care for children who weren’t getting it.”
Former staffers held a private memorial Monday across the street from the Governor’s Mansion at a bronze statue commissioned by Chiles, a statue dedicated to Florida’s children.