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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. His appointment, effective February 3, 2014, will run through January 2015, when Carroll's term was scheduled to expire.<ref name=ltgov/>  
 
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. His appointment, effective February 3, 2014, will run through January 2015, when Carroll's term was scheduled to expire.<ref name=ltgov/>  
  
Since Lopez-Cantera's appointment occurred during a gubernatorial election year, his selection was based on the additional factor of Scott needing to a new running-mate for his 2014 re-election campaign to replace Carroll, with whom he shared the ticket in 2010.
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Since Lopez-Cantera's appointment occurred during a gubernatorial election year, his selection was based on the additional factor of Scott needing a new running-mate for his 2014 re-election campaign to replace Carroll, with whom he shared the ticket in 2010.
  
 
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Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Carlos Lopez-Cantera.jpg
Lieutenant Governor of Florida
Incumbent (Incoming)
In office
Takes office February 3, 2014
Term ends
January 2015
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Leader, Florida House of Representatives
2010 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Florida House Of Representatives, District 113
2004-2012
Education
Associate'sMiami-Dade Community College (1994)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Miami (1996)
Personal
BirthdayDecember 29, 1973
Place of birthMadrid, Spain
ProfessionReal Estate
Websites
Campaign website
Carlos Lopez-Cantera is the incoming Lieutenant Governor of Florida. He was appointed by Governor Rick Scott (R) on January 14, 2014, to fill the seat left vacant by ex-Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who resigned in March 2013. Lopez-Cantera will assume office February 3, 2014.[1]

Lopez-Cantera is a former Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 113th District from 2004 to 2012. He served as House Majority Leader from 2010-2012.

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.[1]

Biography

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. [2]

Education

  • Associate's degree - Miami-Dade Community College (1994)
  • Bachelor's degree - University of Miami (1996)

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of Florida (Assumes office February 3, 2014)

Lopez-Cantera was appointed Lieutenant Governor by Governor Rick Scott effective February 3, 2014, filling the vacancy left by the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll (R) in March 2013.[1]

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.

Issues

Lopez-Cantera did not provide answers to the Florida State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[3]

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.

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Carlos Lopez-Cantera endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lopez-Cantera served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lopez-Cantera served on these committees:

Elections & Appointments

2014

See also: Florida gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

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. His appointment, effective February 3, 2014, will run through January 2015, when Carroll's term was scheduled to expire.[1]

Since Lopez-Cantera's appointment occurred during a gubernatorial election year, his selection was based on the additional factor of Scott needing a new running-mate for his 2014 re-election campaign to replace Carroll, with whom he shared the ticket in 2010.

2012

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lopez-Cantera did not run for re-election in 2012.[5]

2010

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[6]

Florida House of Representatives, District 113
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R) 14,284 62.9%
Alex Cruzet (D) 7,905 34.8%
Waldo Faura (NPA) 517 2.3%

2008

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.[7] Lopez-Cantera raised $365,787 for his campaign; Betancourt raised $14,776.[8]

Florida House of Representatives, District 113
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R) 20,726 58.2%
Javier Betancourt (D) 14,868 41.8%

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Lopez-Cantera raised $319,741 in contributions. [9]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Florida Republican Party $44,666
Florida Chamber Of Commerce $3,500
Florida Association Of Realtors $3,000

2008

Below are Lopez-Cantera's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
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

Personal

Lopez-Cantera and his wife, Renee, have a daughter named Sabrina.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jennifer Carroll (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Florida
2014-2015
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Florida House of Representatives District 113
2004–2012
Succeeded by
David Richardson (D)