Sad news about a man who has represented North Florida in Tallahassee for over two decades.
State Sen. Jim King, a Jacksonville Republican and 22-year veteran of the Legislature, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the lawmaker’s longtime spokeswoman said Saturday.
“During a recent routine post-legislative session checkup, Senator Jim King was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. While Senator King plans to seek additional medical counsel and aggressive treatment, he is aware that this particular type of cancer is difficult to treat and manage, and that the outcomes are, at best, guarded,” said Sarah Bascom, a political consultant and longtime spokeswoman for King, in a statement.
“Senator King plans to battle this disease with the same fighting spirit he has exhibited his entire life, in business and in politics. At this time, Senator King has every intention of serving in the Florida Senate for the remainder of his term, which ends in November 2010.
“While the family has appreciated all of the concerned well-wishers who have called, they want to continue their lives with as much regularity as possible. They ask that their privacy please be respected and will have no further comment at this time.”