Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux will be the featured speaker at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s spring commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The event is open to graduates and guests who hold tickets.
A total of 435 candidates for associate, bachelor's, master's and professional degrees from both the West Palm Beach and Orlando campuses will participate in the ceremony. The Warren Library at Palm Beach Atlantic serves as the repository for the senatorial papers and other memorabilia from Sen. LeMieux's 16 months of service in the U.S. Senate.
Throughout his career, Sen. LeMieux has demonstrated a consistent commitment to public service. He has been called upon to serve as Florida’s deputy attorney general, where he managed more than 400 attorneys. He was asked to serve as chief of staff to the governor, helping to oversee all state agencies and operations.
After returning to private practice in 2008 at Gunster, a prominent Florida law firm, Sen. LeMieux soon was called back into service when U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez retired before the end of his term.
While serving as Florida’s 34th United States Senator, Sen. LeMieux was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Commerce Committee and the Special Committee on Aging. Sen. LeMieux saw several of his legislative priorities signed into law, including Medicare anti-fraud legislation and an export promotion act.
While in Congress, Sen. LeMieux was given the "Tax Fighter" award by the National Tax Limitation Committee, the "Taxpayer Hero" award by Citizens Against Government Waste and the "Guardian of Small Business" award by the National Federation of Independent Business.
During his time in the Senate, Sen. LeMieux made the debt and deficit his primary focus because of the nation’s unsustainable fiscal path. He introduced a balanced budget amendment and a proposal called the 2007 Solution to lower federal outlays to 2007 levels.
At the conclusion of his term in 2011, Sen. LeMieux returned to Gunster where he currently serves as chairman of the board. He lives in Fort Lauderdale with his wife Meike and their four children Max, Taylor, Chase and baby girl Madeline.