Carlos Lopez-Cantera

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera
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Florida House Of Representatives District 113
In office
2004 - November 16, 2012
Years in position 11
Majority Leader, Florida House of Representatives
2010 - 2012
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$133/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Associate'sMiami-Dade Community College (1994)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Miami (1996)
Date of birthDecember 29, 1973
Place of birthMadrid, Spain
ProfessionReal Estate
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Campaign website
Carlos Lopez-Cantera was a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 113th District from 2004 to 2012. He served as House Majority Leader.

Lopez-Cantera works as an Industrial Commercial Real Estate Consultant at the Pan American Consulting Incorporated. He has 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. [1]


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.[2]

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


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

Carlos Lopez-Cantera endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lopez-Cantera did not run for re-election in 2012.[4]


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.[5]

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%


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

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


In 2010, Lopez-Cantera raised $319,741 in contributions. [8]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
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:[9]

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 113
Succeeded by
David Richardson (D)