Lawmakers remember late former State Senator Greg Evers

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(WTVY) A former state senator has died after a car crash.

Senator Greg Evers served from 2001 until 2016 as a State Representative from Florida's 1st Congressional District before becoming State Senator for the 2nd District.

Okaloosa County Commissioner Chairman Carolyn Ketchel sent thoughts on behalf of the County, saying “Our sincere condolences go out to his family in the loss of Senator Greg Evers. He will be remembered for his tireless advocacy on behalf of the agricultural community during his years of public service as a member of both the Florida House and Senate. His friendly smile and laugh will be missed by all those who knew him.”

State Senator George Gainer released a statement saying, "He was a great legislator, he loved Northwest Florida, he was a great friend, and he was an effective leader and role model for any of us to follow. he will definitely be missed."

Congressman Matt Gaetz released a statement saying, "I'm crushed by the news that former State Senator Greg Evers was killed in a car accident late [Monday] evening. Greg has been my friend for 16 years. Northwest Florida has lost a great champion and true public servant."

Governor Rick Scott issued a statement following the heartbreaking news of the passing Senator Greg Evers saying, "My wife Ann and I are heartbroken after learning of the passing of Senator Greg Evers. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lori, and their entire family during this terribly difficult time. A dedicated public servant, Senator Evers truly loved Florida and devoted his life to serving his community – not only on his family farm, but during 15 years representing the people of North Florida in the state House and Senate. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him as the kind, hardworking farmer from Milton who tirelessly fought for Florida families.”

CFO Jimmy Patronis issued a statement following the news of the passing of former State Senator Greg Evers saying, “My family and I are deeply saddened to learn the news of Senator Evers’ passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones tonight. I’ve known Greg for many years, and there’s no one who fought harder for his principles or for the people of Northwest Florida than Greg Evers. He truly believed in the value of hard work, and nothing was more important to him than his family, public service, and his North Florida farm. We served in the Florida House together, and I’m proud to have worked alongside him and called him a friend. Tonight, I join Florida in mourning his sudden and tragic loss.”