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Rhea Chiles

Rhea Chiles
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Florida
Known for Being the First Lady of the state of Florida from 1991 - 1998
Spouse(s) Governor Lawton Chiles

Rhea Chiles was the First Lady of the state of Florida from 1991 to 1998. Her husband was Governor Lawton Chiles.

Chiles founded the Florida House on Capitol Hill in 1973. It was her vision that created and sustained the House for these many years. She now serves as Chairman Emeritus of the House and is active on the Board.[1]

In 1983, Rhea received the Florida Society of Historic Preservation Award for her leadership in the restoration of the historic building that became Florida House. While in Washington, Chiles was President of the Congressional Wives' Group, and Chairman of the Ladies of the U.S. Senate First Lady's Luncheon. In 2009, Chiles was designated a Great Floridian.[2]


Chiles was educated in Dade County public schools and at the University of Florida. While attending the University of Florida, she was a member of The Florida Alligator staff and served as president the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority as well.

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Preceded by
Mary Jane Marino Martinez
First Lady of Florida
January 1991 – December 1998
Succeeded by
Anne Selph Mackay

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