joseph_bondi.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The father of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has died. Bondi's office confirmed that Joseph Bondi died on Tuesday. Bondi, 76, was mayor of Temple Terrace between 1974 and 1978 and he also served as a city councilman.

He was a longtime educator and a professor at the University of South Florida. Joseph Bondi served as a curriculum consultant for many school districts including Miami-Dade.

Pam Bondi posted a message on her Facebook page stating that her father died after a battle with leukemia. She says he was surrounded by family members at the time of his death.

Pam Bondi was first elected to office in 2010. She was formerly a prosecutor in Hillsborough County before seeking the post of Attorney General.