TALLAHASSEE - Herb Morgan, who played a key role in shaping Florida's budget during his six terms in the Legislature, died Friday at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was 60.
Mr. Morgan was first elected to the Florida House in 1974 and served 12 years, twice being honored with the Allen Morris Award as the most effective representative. His tenure included six years as chairman of the Appropriations Committee and two years as chairman of the Rules Committee.
After leaving the Legislature, Mr. Morgan was chief executive officer of the Florida Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and a lobbyist.
The 1966 graduate of Florida State University was a recipient of the James D. Westcott Distinguished Service Medal by his alma mater. He was given an honorary doctorate from the school three days before his death.
Mr. Morgan was credited with bringing millions of dollars in construction projects to Tallahassee and was considered an advocate of education and care for the mentally and developmentally disabled. He was a former chairman of the Tallahassee Community College board and the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital board of directors.