|Lieutenant Governor of Florida|
|February 3, 2014 - present|
|Years in position||0|
|Majority Leader, Florida House of Representatives|
|2010 - 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Term limits||4 terms (8 years)|
|Florida House Of Representatives, District 113|
|Bachelor's||University of Miami (1996)|
|Associate's||Miami-Dade Community College (1994)|
|Birthday||December 29, 1973|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections & Appointments
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Before being tapped by Scott to be the state's lieutenant governor in 2014, Lopez-Cantera was serving in the county-wide elected role of Miami-Dade property appraiser.
Lopez-Cantera graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor's degree in 1996. He also holds an associate's degree from Miami-Dade Community College.
Lopez-Cantera has worked as an Industrial Commercial Real Estate Consultant at the Pan American Consulting Incorporated. He has also previously been an Industrial Real Estate Agent at the Pan American Group, Incorporated, and Statewide Director of the Criminal Justice Reform Councils, Criminal Justice Committee, Florida State Senate.
He is a member of Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Miami, Delta Sigma Pi, Hispanic American Business Association, and Realtors Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches.
- Associate's degree - Miami-Dade Community College (1994)
- Bachelor's degree - University of Miami (1996)
Lieutenant Governor of Florida (2014-present)
Florida House of Representatives (2004-2012)
Lopez-Cantera was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 113th District, in 2004. He was re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2010, and opted not to seek re-election in 2012. His tenure as a state lawmaker included a stint serving as House Majority Leader, from 2010-2012.
Lopez-Cantera did not provide answers to the Florida State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.
Lopez-Cantera's sponsored legislation includes:
- HB 283 - "Discretionary Surtax on Documents: Extends future repeal date of provisions authorizing counties to levy discretionary surtax on documents; limits percentage of surtax revenues used for administrative costs; specifies minimum amount of surtax revenues used for housing for low-income & moderate-income families"
- HB 705 - "Traffic Control: Provides for synchronization of traffic lights by DOT & local traffic control authorities; provides for benchmarks & monitoring."
- HB 1529 - "Medicaid: Requires contract between AHCA & certain HMOs or entities that do not provide prepaid health care services to set rates on beneficiary-specific, risk-adjusted basis"
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lopez-Cantera served on these committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lopez-Cantera served on these committees:
- Rules & Calendar Council
- Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact Review
Elections & Appointments
Gov. Rick Scott appointed Lopez-Cantera Lieutenant Governor of Florida to replace resigned officeholder Jennifer Carroll. Scott announced Lopez-Cantera as Carroll's successor to the lieutenant governorship in January 2014, over nine months after she left office. Beginning February 3, 2014, his appointment runs through January 2015, which is when Carroll's term was scheduled to expire.
Since Lopez-Cantera's appointment occurred during a gubernatorial election year, his qualifications as a campaigner factored significantly into his selection. Scott and Carroll shared the ticket in 2010, so the governor was left with the responsibility of picking not only a new lieutenant governor to serve out Carroll's term, but also a new running mate for the 2014 election.
Lopez-Cantera did not run for re-election in 2012.
Lopez-Cantera ran for re-election to the 113th District seat in 2010. He did not have any opposition in the August 24 primary. He defeated Alex Cruzet (D) and Waldo Faura (NPA) in the general election on November 2, 2010.
| Florida House of Representatives, District 113 |
2010 General election results
|Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R)||14,284||62.9%|
|Alex Cruzet (D)||7,905||34.8%|
|Waldo Faura (NPA)||517||2.3%|
On November 4, 2008, Lopez-Cantera won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 113th District, defeating Javier Betancourt (D). Lopez-Cantera received 20,726 votes in the election while Betancourt received 14,868 votes. Lopez-Cantera raised $365,787 for his campaign; Betancourt raised $14,776.
|Florida House of Representatives, District 113|
|Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R)||20,726||58.2%|
|Javier Betancourt (D)||14,868||41.8%|
In 2010, Lopez-Cantera raised $319,741 in contributions.
His three largest contributors were:
|Florida Republican Party||$44,666|
|Florida Chamber Of Commerce||$3,500|
|Florida Association Of Realtors||$3,000|
Below are Lopez-Cantera's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|FL Republican Party||$27,600|
|FL Assoc of Realtors||$3,500|
|Hospital Corporation of America||$3,500|
|Dade County Classroom Teachers Assoc||$3,000|
|FL Home Builders Assoc||$2,000|
Lopez-Cantera and his wife, Renee, have a daughter named Sabrina.
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- Carlos Lopez-Cantera named Florida's lieutenant governor - Tampabay.com
- Florida's next lieutenant governor is known as a behind-the-scenes dealmaker - MiamiHerald.com
- New lieutenant governor picked by Scott after lawsuit - Florida Courier
- Democratic Hispanic group says Carlos Lopez-Cantera "staunchly supported ... - PolitiFact
- Steve Bousquet: Gov. Rick Scott's pick for lieutenant governor shows his ... - Tampabay.com (blog)
- Fla. Gov. Taps Former Legislator As Running Mate - WCTV
- State GOP must show it 'gets' Hispanics - MiamiHerald.com
- Jobless Website Latest Problem With DEO - The Ledger
- First Read: Monday, January 18, 2014 - WJCT NEWS
- Poll shows Charlie Crist's lead over Florida Gov. Rick Scott is shrinking - Bradenton Herald
- Lieutenant Governor of Florida
- Lieutenant Governor
- Florida Gov. Rick Scott
- Florida House of Representatives
- Carlos Lopez-Cantera's personal website
- Florida House of Representatives - Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Bradenton Herald, "Gov. Rick Scott announces Carlos Lopez-Cantera as new lieutenant governor," January 14, 2014
- The Miami Herald, "New Florida lieutenant governor to be sworn in Monday," February 2, 2014
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Lopez-Cantera Biography
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Lopez-Cantera Issue Positions
- Rick Perry for President, "Florida House Majority Leader Endorses Gov. Rick Perry For President," September 22, 2011
- Florida Secretary of State Election Division "Candidate List" Accessed June 21, 2012
- Florida Election Watch - 2010 Election results
- Florida House official election results for 2008
- District 113 Florida House candidate funds, 2008
- followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
Jennifer Carroll (R)
|Lieutenant Governor of Florida
| Succeeded by|
|Florida House of Representatives District 113
| Succeeded by|
David Richardson (D)
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