JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's elected leaders are reacting to the death of the al Qaeda leader.
Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL):
"The death of Osama Bin Laden marks a great victory for Americans and for freedom-loving people worldwide. Finally, some degree of justice has been achieved after nearly a decade of death, war and untold sacrifices because of that man. For the loved ones of all those we've lost in this war on terror, may this bring some measure of peace.
"I am so proud of our dedicated military men and women and our intelligence community for not giving up in our pursuit of justice. I am grateful for their tenacity and their deep sacrifices. President Barack Obama should also be commended for doing the right thing and following through with the promise of justice initially given by President George W. Bush.
"While threats remain, today the world is a safer place."
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL):
"The noose has been tightening for months because of our intelligence operations. And we've finally cut off the head of the snake. This is a historic day, and we thank the men and women who carried out this operation."
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL):
"Just as every American will never forget where we were when America was attacked on 9/11, this moment will forever be remembered by each one of us as the day justice for that tragedy was finally served.
"I congratulate our intelligence and military communities on this monumental operation. Their persistence and relentlessness in tracking Osama Bin Laden down have finally brought us this long awaited event.
"While this diabolical terrorist's death at America's hands is a moment to celebrate, we must never forget the serious terrorist threats that remain and will demand an enduring vigilance."
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL):
"This is a great day for America: Justice has been done. Osama bin Laden's death is a major blow to al Qaeda and terrorist networks around the globe and a comfort to the loved ones of those who perished on September 11, 2001.
"Our military and intelligence personnel displayed expertise in this mission, and they deserve thanks and praise. Our work is not over though. We must remain vigilant in the war on terror. Today and every day moving forward, we stand squarely behind our servicemen and women who put their lives on the line to protect us twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week around the world."
Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL):
"I am elated that justice has finally been served. I want to thank President Obama and the men and women of our military and intelligence community for their tireless vigilance in tracking down Osama Bin Laden, the head of Al-Qaida and most notorious terrorist in American history.
"Our thoughts and prayers still go out to the victims of 9-11 who continue to try to make sense of the nearly 10 year old attack on America by this murderous fiend.
"September 11, 2001 was the darkest day in American history and was an attack on decent people around the world. Today's death of Osama Bin Laden proves that with time and patience, justice will be served.
"The United States will have to be extra vigilant following Bin Laden's death, but I believe the U.S. will continue to stand up to global terrorism and will remain the leader of the free world."
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA):
"What happens in the Hereafter to a man whose life caused the death of so many innocent people is left up to God. Our job is to continue the fight against terrorism which he - on tragic day - raised to the highest level.
"His legacy in America is more government security, more check points, less personal freedom, more war and an end to our relative isolation and peace as we knew it. While the world is better off without him, his hatred lives on in his followers and we must remain ever vigilant on their next move."
First Coast News