October 10, 2018: Florida State Sen. Dorothy Hukill, Port Orange Republican, whose political career spanned two decades, has died, her family announced on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. She was 72. Hukill represented Senate District 14, which includes northern Brevard County and southern Volusia County. The announcement of Hukill’s death occurred four days after Hukill announced that she was ending her re-election campaign because of an “aggressive recurrence” of cancer. Hukill, of Port Orange, was elected to the Florida State Senate in 2012. Hukill, a lawyer, was the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, and she was the Vice Chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources. Hukill missed the 2017 legislative session, as she was recovering from surgery for cervical cancer. Before she took office as a State Senator, Hukill was a Member of the Florida State House of Representatives from 2004 to 2012. She also was the Mayor of Port Orange from 2000 to 2004; the Vice Mayor of Port Orange from 1998 to 2000; and a Ponce Inlet Town Councilman from 1992 to 1994.