Governor of Florida
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Term limits:||2 consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Florida Constitution, Article IV, Section 1|
|Assumed office:||January 4, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Florida Executive Offices|
|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Secretary of State•Attorney General•Chief Financial Officer•Commissioner of Education•Agriculture Commissioner•Insurance Commissioner•Environmental Protection Secretary•Economic Opportunity Director•Public Service Commission|
Before becoming governor, Scott ran Solantic Corporation, a network of Florida urgent care centers, which he co-founded in 2001. From 1997 to 2001, he owned a controlling share in America's Health Network, a media company later known as Discovery Health. He previously headed Columbia Hospital Corporation, a conglomeration of 340 hospitals, from its founding in 1987 to 1997. Scott holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife, Ann, have two daughters.
The supreme executive power shall be vested in a governor.
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
(b) When elected, the governor, lieutenant governor and each cabinet member must be an elector not less than thirty years of age who has resided in the state for the preceding seven years. The attorney general must have been a member of the bar of Florida for the preceding five years. No person who has, or but for resignation would have, served as governor or acting governor for more than six years in two consecutive terms shall be elected governor for the succeeding term.
Florida elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Florida, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday after the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 4, 2011 and January 6, 2015 are inaugural days. The procedures for electing Florida's governor is laid out in Article IV, Section 5 of the Florida Constitution.
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
Florida governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again.
|No person who has, or but for resignation would have, served as governor or acting governor for more than six years in two consecutive terms shall be elected governor for the succeeding term.|
- See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled
Whenever the governor is unable or unwilling to discharge the office, either temporarily or permanently, the lieutenant governor takes over all the duties of the governorship either until the governor is able to resume the office or until the next election.
At any time that the governor is on trial for impeachment, the lieutenant governor becomes the Acting Governor.
Additionally, at any time that three members of the cabinet and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court agree on the governor's mental or physical unfitness for office, they may suspend and reinstate the governor, pursuant to § 3.
The Governor of Florida is the chief executive of Florida, and serves as chairman of the Florida cabinet. The governor has the power to execute Florida's laws and to call out the state militia to preserve the public peace, being Commander-in-Chief of the state's military forces that are not in active service of the United States. At least once every legislative session, the governor is required to deliver an address to the Florida Legislature, referred to as the "State of the State Address", regarding the condition and operation of the state government and to suggest new legislation. These primary duties are laid out in § 1 (a).
Additionally, the governor may initiate judicial action against state, county, or municipal officer to enforce compliance with law and the duties of the individual's office, may request opinions and interpretations of constitutional matters from the members of the Florida Supreme Court, and may fill all vacancies in elected and appointed office where the law does not otherwise prescribe the method.
In March 2012, the Florida Legislature passed legislation that expanded the powers of the governor to include more oversight over agency rulemaking, members of local jobs agencies, and the distribution of money used to recruit new business to relocate to Florida.
Other duties and privileges of the office include:
- assigning official duties to the lieutenant governor, in addition to those set forth by law (§ 2).
- casting a tie breaking vote when needed in Cabinet matters
- under § 4 (e), sitting as Chair of the State Board of Administration, pursuant to Article IX, Section 16 of the Constitution of 1885, and which shall continue as a body at least for the life of Article XII, Section 9(c).
- under § 4 (f), sitting as Chair of the trustees of the internal improvement trust fund and the land acquisition trust fund
- under § 4 (g),sitting as agency Chair of the Department of Law Enforcement
- suspending and reinstating all officers, including militia officers, for any reason related to neglect, incompetence, or inability of fulfill duties; the exception applies in cases of impeachment (§ 7).
- excepting cases of treason and impeachment, suspend fines and grant reprieves, pardons, and clemency; by himself, the governor may suspend a fine for up to 60 days. For more substantial matters, two cabinet matters must concur (§ 8).
- cooperating with the cabinet, making all necessary budget reductions in the event of a revenue shortfall (§ 13).
- Office of Policy & Budget
- Special Counsel/Legislative Affairs
- External Affairs
- General Counsel
- Deputy Chiefs of Staff
The salary of the Governor of Florida is established by statute, not the state constitution.
As of 2010, the Governor of Florida is paid $130,273 a year.
Office of Governor
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Citizen Services Hotline: (850) 488-4441
Switchboard: (850) 488-7146
Fax: (850) 487-0801
State of Florida
|State executive officers||
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