Lieutenant Governor of Florida
|Florida Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Term limits:||2 consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Florida Constitution, Article IV, Section 2|
|Name:||Carlos Lopez-Cantera (Appointed to fill vacancy)|
|Assumed office:||February 3, 2014|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Florida Executive Offices|
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- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 Compensation
- 9 History
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
The 19th and current Lieutenant Governor of Florida is Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R). Lopez-Cantera was named to the position by Gov. Rick Scott (R) effective February 3, 2014. He was elected to a four-year term as lieutenant governor with Scott on November 4, 2014.
Lopez-Cantera was appointed to fill a vacancy in the office left after Jennifer Carroll's resignation in March 2013, mid-way through her first term. Carroll was Scott's running mate in the 2010 elections, and they likely would have sought re-election together in 2014. Therefore, as Carroll's replacement, Lopez-Cantera took her place alongside Scott on the 2014 ticket.
There shall be a lieutenant governor, who shall perform such duties pertaining to the office of governor as shall be assigned by the governor...
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Per Article IV, Section 5 of the state constitution, the governor must be at least 30 years old and have been a resident and registered voter of Florida for at least seven years on the day of his election.
Florida elects lieutenant governors in federal midterm election years (e.g. 2006, 2010, 2014) The lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday after the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 9, 2011, and January 12, 2015, are inaugural days.
Although gubernatorial candidates are not required to have a running mate for the primaries, the state constitution requires a 'joint candidacy' for the general election.
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Florida, 2014|
|Republican||Rick Scott/Carlos Lopez-Cantera Incumbent||48.1%||2,865,343|
|Democratic||Charlie Crist/Annette Taddeo-Goldstein||47.1%||2,801,198|
|Libertarian||Adrian Wyllie/Greg Roe||3.8%||223,356|
|No Party Affiliation||Glenn Burkett/Jose Augusto Matos||0.7%||41,341|
|No Party Affiliation||Farid Khavari/Lateresa Jones||0.3%||20,186|
|Election Results via Florida Division of Elections.|
Lieutenant governors of Florida are prohibited by the state constitution from serving more than two terms in a row. These need not necessarily be two full terms: if a person has served more than six years in a row, he is considered to have served two terms. After remaining out of office for one term, a former officeholder may again seek election. Details of term limits are laid out in Article IV, Section 5 of the Florida Constitution.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2010 for the office of Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Florida, Click [show] to expand the section.
The manner for filling a vacancy in the lieutenant governor's chair is set out in statute, not constitutionally. In the case of a vacancy, the governor appoints a replacement to serve the remainder of the former officeholder's term.
However, if, after the appointment of a replacement lieutenant governor, a vacancy then occurs in the office of governor with more than 28 months remaining in the term, voters must choose a governor and lieutenant governor to serve out the remainder of the terms at the next general election.
Florida Statutes, 14.055
Upon vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor, the Governor shall appoint a successor who shall serve for the remainder of the term, provided that if after the appointment a vacancy occurs in the office of Governor with more than 28 months remaining in the term, at the next statewide general election the electors shall choose a Governor and Lieutenant Governor to fill the remainder of the term...
The lieutenant governor's primary duty is to replace the governor in case of his death, resignation, or inability to exercise his office. In addition, he may have other such duties as the governor and state legislature may assign.
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- See also: Compensation of state executive officers and Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries
The salaries of elected executive officials in Florida are determined by state law as mandated in the Florida Constitution. Article II, Section 5 of the state constitution states that compensation of state officers is determined by the Florida State Legislature.
| Text of Section 5:
(a) No person holding any office of emolument under any foreign government, or civil office of emolument under the United States or any other state, shall hold any office of honor or of emolument under the government of this state. No person shall hold at the same time more than one office under the government of the state and the counties and municipalities therein, except that a notary public or military officer may hold another office, and any officer may be a member of a constitution revision commission, taxation and budget reform commission, constitutional convention, or statutory body having only advisory powers.
(b) Each state and county officer, before entering upon the duties of the office, shall give bond as required by law, and shall swear or affirm:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, protect, and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States and of the State of Florida; that I am duly qualified to hold office under the Constitution of the state; and that I will well and faithfully perform the duties of (title of office) on which I am now about to enter. So help me God.”,and thereafter shall devote personal attention to the duties of the office, and continue in office until a successor qualifies.
(c) The powers, duties, compensation and method of payment of state and county officers shall be fixed by law.
In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $124,851 a year, the 9th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
Prior to 1968, the president of the state senate was first in the line of succession.
The position was restored with the 1968 revision of the state constitution (See Article IV, Section 2). The position had existed for a few decades after Florida achieved statehood in 1845, then was abolished in a previous constitutional revision.
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Office of Lieutenant Governor
State of Florida
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Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
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- Bradenton Herald, "Gov. Rick Scott announces Carlos Lopez-Cantera as new lieutenant governor," January 14, 2014
- The Tampa Bay Times, "Florida Lt. Gov Jennifer Carroll resigns," March 13, 2013
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Florida lieutenant governor resigns amid gambling investigation," March 13, 2013
- ABC News, "Florida Lt. Gov. Quits Amid $300M Charity Scam Probe," accessed July 10, 2014.
- Florida Statutes, "14.055," accessed August 23, 2011
- Florida Office of Economic and Demographic Research, "Salaries of Elected County Constitutional Officers and School District Officials for Fiscal Year 2013-14," October 2013
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- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed January 31, 2014