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Reubin O'Donovan O’Donovan Askew Edit Profile

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Reubin ASKEW, American lawyer and politician. Award, National; Award (American Judicature Society; Award 1972; Award, Florida Audubon Society; Award 1973; Award 1973; Award, Brandeis University; Award, Common Cause; Order of COIF (Hon. State of Florida House of Representatives 1958-1962.


Askew, Reubin O'Donovan was born on September 11, 1928 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Leo And Alberta (O'Donovan) Askew.


Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, Florida State University, 1951. Juris Doctor, University Florida, 1956. Doctor Public Service (honorary), University Florida, 1983.

Postgraduate, Denver University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Florida Southern College, Lakeland, 1972. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Notre Dame, 1973.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Miami, 1975. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University West Florida, 1978. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Barry University, Miami, 1979.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Tampa, 1983. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Belmont Abbey College, 1983. Doctor of Public Administration (honorary), Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, 1972.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1973. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Stetson University, Deland, Florida, 1973. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Bethune-Cookman College, 1975.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), St. Leo College, Florida, 1975. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Florida State University, 1988.


Assistant county solicitor, Escambia County (Florida), 1956-1958;partner, Levin, Askew, Warfield, Graff & Mabie, Pensacola, Florida, 1958-1962;member, Florida House Representatives, 1958-1962;member, Florida Senate, 1962-1970;president pro tem, Florida Senate, 1968-1970;governor, State of Florida, 1971-1979;partner, Greenberg, Traurig, Askew, Hoffman, Lipoff, Quentel & Wolff, P.A., Miami, Florida, 1979;United States trade representative, member Cabinet, 1979-1981;director, Greenberg, Traurig, Askew, Hoffman, Lipoff, Rosen & Quentel, P.A., Miami and Orlando, Florida, 1981-1988;of counsel, Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson, since 1988. Chairman judicial committee Florida Constitution Commission, 1966-1967. Chairman Education communications of States, 1973, chairman Select Commission Immigration and Refugee Policy, 1979.

Chairman Southern governments Conference, 1974-1975. Chairman National Democratic governments Conference, 1976-1977, chairman National governments Conference, 1977-1978. Chairman Southern Growth Policies Board, 1977-1978.

Chairman Florida Comptrollers Task Force on Securities Regulation, 1985-1986. President council of State Govts., 1977-1978. Chairman Presidential Advisory Board Ambassadorial Appointments, 1977-1979.


  • Bar: Florida 1956.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.

    • Trade Services and the World Economics 1983, Opinion: Public Welfare 1984.


Past president western division Children's Home Society Florida, Pensacola OratorioSoc. Board directors City of Hope. Past member state Executive Committee Florida Tuberculosis andHealth Association.

Keynote speaker Democratic National Convention, 1972. Member The Bretton Woods committee, 1986-1987. Member International Center fo Florida, since 1981.

Member S.E. United States-Japan Association, since 1977. Board directors Orlando Regional Medical Center Foundation,1987-1989. Past board directors Pensacola Young Men’s Christian Association, United Fund, Heart Association, National Comn. on American State and local Public Svc., National Institute of former governments' With Army of the United States, 1946-1948, to captain United States Air Force, 1951-1953.

Fellow National Academy Public Administration. Member American Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, American Judicature Society (board directors 1979-1981, Herbert Harley award 1975), Academy Florida Trial Lawyers, Trade Net (board directors 1981-1986), Florida Council of 100, National Commission American State and Local Public Superior vena cava syndrome, National Institute Former governments, Retired Officers Association, American Legion, Masons (33 degree), Rotary, Shriners, Order of Coif, Phi Alpha Delta, Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Phi Omega, Pi Alpha Alpha.


Married Donna Lou Harper, August 11, 1956. Children: Angela Askew Cook, Kevin O'Donovan.

Leo And Alberta (O'Donovan) A. Askew

Donna Lou Harper

Angela Askew Cook Askew

Kevin O'Donovan Askew