Lieutenant Governor of Florida

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Lieutenant Governor of Florida
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Carlos López-Cantera

since February 3, 2014
Term length 4 years, renewable once
Formation 1968 (office restored by constitutional revision)
Website "Page on state's website"

The Lieutenant Governor of Florida is a statewide elected office in the government of the U.S. state of Florida. According to the Florida Constitution, the lieutenant governor is elected to a four-year term congruent with that of the Governor of Florida, and succeeds to the office of Governor if it becomes vacant. The incumbent is Carlos López-Cantera who was appointed to the office by Gov. Rick Scott to succeed Jennifer Carroll, who resigned.[1]


The position of Lieutenant Governor has been used in Florida's government twice in the state's history. The first period spanned from 1865, after the American Civil War, through 1889.[2] During this time, the lieutenant governor was elected independently of the Governor. In addition to being first in succession to the governor, the lieutenant governor was the ex officio president of the Florida Senate, and cast a vote in the case of a tie.[2] William W. J. Kelly was the first person elected Lieutenant Governor after the position was created by the 1865 Constitution of Florida. The position was officially abolished by the post-Reconstruction Constitution of 1885, with the last Lieutenant Governor, Milton H. Mabry, serving out his term until 1889.[3] After this point the office of President of the Senate was given to an elected member of the Senate, who also served as first in line of succession to the Governor.

The state constitution was again revised in 1968, and the office of Lieutenant Governor was recreated. In the modern period, the Lieutenant Governor is elected directly along with the Governor as his or her running mate. The Lieutenant Governor would serve as first in the line of succession, though the office of President of the Senate would remain with an elected Senator. The Lieutenant governor has a few prescribed duties, and otherwise assists the Governor with the duties of the executive branch.[3] The first Lieutenant Governor in the modern period was Ray C. Osborne, who took office in 1969.

On January 14, 2014 Carlos López-Cantera, (Florida's first Hispanic lieutenant governor) was appointed by Governor Rick Scott and was sworn in on February 3, 2014.

List of lieutenant governors[edit]

William W. J. Kelly, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Florida (1865-1868)
Jennifer Carroll, 18th Lieutenant Governor of Florida

      No party       Democratic       Republican

# Lt. Governor Took Office Left Office Party Governor(s) served under Note
1 William W. J. Kelly 1865 1868 Republican David S. Walker
2 William Henry Gleason 1868 1870 Republican Harrison Reed
3 Edmund C. Weeks 1870 1870 Republican
4 Samuel T. Day 1871 1873 Republican[4]
5 Marcellus Stearns 1873 1874 Republican Ossian B. Hart Vacated to Become Governor
6 Noble A. Hull 1877 1879 Democratic George Franklin Drew
7 Livingston W. Bethel 1881 1885 William D. Bloxham
8 Milton H. Mabry 1885 1889 Edward A. Perry Position Abolished
9 Ray C. Osborne 1969 1971 Republican Claude R. Kirk, Jr. Position Recreated
10 Thomas Burton Adams, Jr. 1971 1975 Democratic Reubin O'Donovan Askew
11 J.H. Williams 1975 1979 Democratic
12 Wayne Mixson 1979 1987 Democratic Bob Graham Vacated to Become Governor
13 Bobby Brantley 1987 1991 Republican Bob Martinez
14 Buddy MacKay 1991 1998 Democratic Lawton Chiles Vacated to Become Governor
15 Frank Brogan 1999 2003 Republican Jeb Bush Resigned to become President of Florida Atlantic University
16 Toni Jennings 2003 2007 Republican Appointed, First Female
17 Jeff Kottkamp 2007 2011 Republican Charlie Crist Served as Governor June 18, 2008 pursuant to Article IV Section 3(b) of the Florida Constitution.
18 Jennifer Carroll 2011 2013 Republican Rick Scott First African-American/First elected female. Resigned.
19 Carlos López-Cantera 2014 Republican Appointed. First Hispanic.

Living former U.S. Lieutenant Governors of Florida[edit]

As of August 2014, there are eight former U.S. lieutenant governors of Florida who are currently living at this time, The oldest U.S. lieutenant governor of Florida being Wayne Mixson (1979–1987, born 1926). The most recent death of a former U.S. lieutenant governor of Florida was that of Ray C. Osborne (1969-1971), who died on March 3, 2011.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
J.H. Williams 1975-1979 (1926-06-17) June 17, 1926 (age 89)
Wayne Mixson 1979-1987 (1922-06-16) June 16, 1922 (age 93)
Bobby Brantley 1987-1991 (1948-04-06) April 6, 1948 (age 67)
Buddy MacKay 1991-1998 (1933-03-22) March 22, 1933 (age 82)
Frank Brogan 1999-2003 (1953-09-06) September 6, 1953 (age 62)
Toni Jennings 2003-2007 (1949-05-17) May 17, 1949 (age 66)
Jeff Kottkamp 2007-2011 (1960-11-12) November 12, 1960 (age 55)
Jennifer Carroll 2011-2013 (1959-08-27) August 27, 1959 (age 56)

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