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Congressional staff member for Rep. Vern Buchanan dies of COVID-19

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Staff member for Verne Buchanan dies of COVICA staff member for Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., died of COVID-19 in a Florida hospital, the congressman announced in a statement released Friday.

Buchanan expressed his condolences and hailed Gary Tibbetts, who had worked for the congressman since 2011, as a "consummate professional and true public servant in every sense of the word."

"He touched so many lives and was loved and respected by those who knew him," Buchanan continued. "I will never forget his uplifting spirit, sense of humor, and sheer joy at helping others."

Tibbetts is the first congressional aide known to have died from COVID-19.


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