Jennifer Carroll

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Jennifer Carroll
Jennifer Carroll official photo.jpg
Member of the
American Battle Monuments Commission
Assumed office
April 11, 2018
18th Lieutenant Governor of Florida
In office
January 4, 2011 – March 12, 2013
Preceded by Jeff Kottkamp
Succeeded by Carlos López-Cantera
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 13th district
In office
2003–2011
Preceded by Mike Hogan
Succeeded by Daniel Davis
Personal details
Born Jennifer Sandra Johnson
(1959-08-27) August 27, 1959 (age 59)
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nolan Carroll
Children Nolan II
Nyckie
Necho
Residence Fleming Island, Florida, U.S.
Alma mater Leeward Community College (A.A.)
University of New Mexico (A.B.)
St. Leo University (M.B.A.)
Occupation Businesswoman
Profession Naval officer (formerly) and politician
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1979–1999
Rank U.S. Navy O-4 infobox.svg Lieutenant Commander

Jennifer Sandra Carroll (née Johnson; born August 27, 1959) is a Trinidadian-born American politician and retired naval officer who served as 18th Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. state of Florida from January 2011 to March 2013. Carroll is the first black person, the first woman, and the first Trinidadian American[1] elected as Lieutenant Governor of Florida,[2][3] and is the first black person elected to statewide office in Florida since Reconstruction.[4] Carroll previously served as a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives. She is the bestselling author of an autobiography entitled When You Get There.[5]

Although she was later cleared, Carroll came under scrutiny for public relations work for a charity that involved itself in gambling and for $24,000 in income that she failed to report on financial disclosures and tax returns. At the request of Governor Rick Scott, Carroll resigned her post as lieutenant governor on March 12, 2013. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement subsequently concluded that she had not broken any laws.[6][7]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Carroll as a U.S. Navy officer.

Carroll was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to the United States at the age of eight, and graduated from Uniondale High School in Uniondale, Long Island New York in 1977. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1979. After serving as an aviation machinist's mate (jet engine mechanic), she was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program, becoming an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer in 1985. She retired from the U.S. Navy in 1999 as a lieutenant commander.

In 1981, she received an Associate of Arts degree from Leeward Community College. She followed this in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of New Mexico. She moved to Florida in 1986. She received a Master of Business Administration degree from unaccredited and now defunct Kensington University in 1995. Carroll resigned her position on the National Commission of Presidential Scholars to accept a presidential appointment to the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission. She then returned to school to earn an accredited Master of Business Administration degree online from St. Leo University in 2008.[8]

Following the 2000 elections, Carroll was appointed Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs by Republican Governor Jeb Bush and served in that post until July 2002.[9] Republican President George W. Bush appointed Carroll to the Commission on Presidential Scholars from 2001 to 2004,[10] and then a seat on the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission from 2004 to 2007.

Political career[edit]

Carroll's official House portrait

Carroll is a member of the Clay County Republican Executive Committee. In 2000, she ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Florida's 3rd congressional district. Incumbent Democrat U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown defeated Carroll 58%–42%.[11] After redistricting, she ran for a rematch against Brown in the newly redrawn 3rd district in 2002. Brown defeated her 59%–41%.[12]

Carroll is one of the founders of Maggie's List, a federal PAC that supports conservative female candidates.[13]

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

Carroll ran for a seat Florida House of Representatives in the 13th state House district after incumbent State Representative Mike Hogan, also a Republican, resigned in 2003. In the April 2003 special election, she won the Republican primary with 65.5 percent of the vote, defeating Linda Sparks, who won 34.5 percent of the vote.[14] She became the first Black female Republican ever elected to the Florida Legislature. She won unopposed in 2004,[15] 2006,[16] and 2008.[17]

Carroll was appointed Deputy Majority Leader from 2003–2004, and served as Majority Whip in 2004–2006. She was Vice Chair of the Transportation and Economic Development Committee (2003–2004), Chair of the Finance Committee (2006–2008) and Chair of the Economic and Development Council (2008–2010).

Lieutenant Governor of Florida[edit]

On November 2, 2010, the Republican ticket of Rick Scott and Jennifer Carroll defeated the Democratic ticket of Alex Sink and Rod Smith, 48.9%-47.7%.[18] The first black person, the first woman, and the first Trinidadian American[1] elected to the position, she assumed the office on January 4, 2011.[2][3] Carroll was the first black Republican elected to statewide office in Florida since Reconstruction.[19]

Carroll came under scrutiny for public relations work for a charity that involved itself in gambling and for $24,000 in income that she failed to report on financial disclosures and tax returns. At the request of Governor Rick Scott, Carroll resigned her post as lieutenant governor on March 12, 2013. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement subsequently concluded that she did not break any laws.[20][21]

Later political career[edit]

After working on the 2016 presidential campaign on behalf of Donald Trump, Carroll was appointed by President Donald J. Trump as a Commissioner on the American Battle Monuments Commission.[22] Carroll has served on the Commission since April 2018.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Carroll's husband is Nolan Carroll, a retired senior master sergeant in the United States Air Force. Together, the Carrolls have three children. Carroll's son, Nolan Carroll II, has played football at the collegiate and professional levels.[24][25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aaron Deslatte, Amy Pavuk (March 13, 2013). "Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns in wake of federal Internet café probe". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "The Truth-O-Meter Says: Jennifer Carroll is the "first African-American Republican woman to be part of a statewide ticket in Florida."". St. Petersburg Times and The Miami Herald. politifact.com. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Brandon Larrabee (January 4, 2011). "Rick Scott pledges bold action as Florida's 45th governor". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ The Orlando Sentinel retrieved September 1, 2012
  5. ^ 1959-, Carroll, Jennifer Sandra,. When you get there : an autobiography. Charleston, South Carolina. ISBN 9781599324999. OCLC 890179597. 
  6. ^ George Bennett, Rick Scott, Uncategorized. (June 12, 2015). "Jennifer Carroll still wants an apology from Rick Scott". www.palmbeachpost.com. 
  7. ^ Jim Schoettler (April 30, 2014). "Ex-Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll says she felt 'betrayed' by Florida Gov. Scott". acksonville.com. 
  8. ^ Khalil Madani (May 1, 2011). "Saint Leo University builds up, plugs in". St. Petersburg Times. 
  9. ^ Profile: Jennifer Carroll-WJXT Jacksonville
  10. ^ Matthew I. Pinzur; David DeCamp; Joe Humphrey (May 6, 2001). "Bush Appointment". The Florida Times-Union. 
  11. ^ FL District 3 Race, ourcampaigns.com, November 7, 2000; retrieved July 14, 2013.
  12. ^ FL District 3 Race, ourcampaigns.com, November 5, 2002; accessed November 6, 2014.
  13. ^ "Maggie's List. Women's Political Action Committee. Who is Maggie's List?". Maggieslist.org. Archived from the original on June 20, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
  14. ^ April 15, 2003 Special Primary Results - HD 13, doe.dos.state.fl.us, Election Results Archive, Florida Department of State, Division of Elections.
  15. ^ 2004 election results, Election Results Archive, Florida Department of State, Division of Elections.
  16. ^ 2006 election results, doe.dos.state.fl.us, Election Results Archive, Florida Department of State, Division of Elections.
  17. ^ 2008 election results, doe.dos.state.fl.us, Election Results Archive, Florida Department of State, Division of Elections.
  18. ^ {{https://results.elections.myflorida.com/Index.asp?ElectionDate=11/2/2010&DATAMODE=
  19. ^ The Orlando Sentinel retrieved September 1, 2012
  20. ^ George Bennett, Rick Scott, Uncategorized. (June 12, 2015). "Jennifer Carroll still wants an apology from Rick Scott". www.palmbeachpost.com. 
  21. ^ Jim Schoettler (April 30, 2014). "Ex-Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll says she felt 'betrayed' by Florida Gov. Scott". acksonville.com. 
  22. ^ Leary, Alex (December 5, 2007). "Trump appoints former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to post". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved July 7, 2018. 
  23. ^ "New Commissioners Sworn In at ABMC Headquarters | American Battle Monuments Commission". www.abmc.gov. Retrieved June 5, 2018. 
  24. ^ Neal, David (November 4, 2010). "Taxing questions for Miami Dolphins' rookie Nolan Carroll". Miami Herald. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  25. ^ Darlington, Jeff (August 20, 2010). "Miami Dolphins rookie Nolan Carroll becoming something special". Miami Herald. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Kottkamp
Lieutenant Governor of Florida
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Carlos López-Cantera