CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Even as she suffered from colon cancer, State Rep. Kristin Jacobs continued representing her northwest Broward County constituents on issues she cared most about, especially the environment.
The longtime Democratic elected official worked from her hospital bed during the 2020 legislative session and pushed legislation to outlaw imported shark fins in Florida, which was one of her signature environmental accomplishments.
She died Saturday at age 60.
Jacobs served the 96th District in the Florida House of Representatives since 2014, which includes Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Margate, and Parkland. She also served 16 years on the Broward County Commission -- including a term as county mayor and commission chairwoman -- where she supported issues related to women and children and introduced the county's Human Rights Act to prevent discrimination.
Through her political career, Jacobs focused most on the environment, testifying to congressional leaders on water quality issues and climate change. In 2013, she was asked by the White House to serve on the National Climate Preparedness and Resilience Task Force.
Her staff and friends said on Twitter: “For Rep. Kristin Jacobs who passed peacefully this morning, it was her life’s calling to put good things into the world with the hopes of making it a better & happier place. Thank you to everyone for sending your love. Her legacy will live on through all of us.”
Jacobs was known for her passion for politics and integrity in getting issues solved, local officials said.
“Kristin was one of the few electeds that governed with facts and heart,” Coral Spring Vice Mayor Joy Carter said. “Her integrity and truly caring spirit radiated from her soul.”
Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook said he considered her a good friend and knew her since she first ran for the county commission.
“She always put people over politics and was passionate about helping others. She will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to her family,” Brook said.
Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky said on Facebook: “Kristin was fierce, kind, strong, compassionate, and a wonderful person - beautiful inside and out. She was an incredible mentor and friend. Kristin left her mark on this world and we are all better off having known her and having had her representing us. Rest In Peace, my friend.”