The Claude Pepper Center at Florida State University was established through an endowment from the Claude Pepper Foundation as a memorial to Senator Claude D. Pepper (1900-1989). Senator Pepper established the Foundation to serve as a vehicle to further his efforts, through public policy initiatives, projects and research, health care reform and economic security for elderly Americans. With the Senator’s death in 1989, the Foundation, then located in Washington, D.C. relocated to Tallahassee. The Foundation negotiated with Florida State University to build a memorial to Senator Pepper in the early 1990s. Construction soon began, and The Claude Pepper Center opened in 1998.