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Florida Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  2 consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Florida Constitution, Article IV, Section 2
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Carlos Lopez-Cantera.jpg
Name:  Carlos Lopez-Cantera (Appointed to fill vacancy)
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  February 3, 2014
Compensation:  $124,851
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Florida is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Florida. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and may serve a maximum of two terms in a row. There is no lifetime limit on the number of times he or she may be elected, but an officer who has been elected to two consecutive terms must be out of office for at least one election cycle before being eligible once again for re-election.

Current officeholder

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.[1]

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.[2][3] 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 is to take her place alongside Scott on the 2014 ticket.


The Florida Constitution establishes the office of the lieutenant governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Florida Constitution, Article IV, Section 2

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 state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

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.

Full History

Though Carroll won the general election with Scott, she later resigned.[4] On February 3, 2014, Carlos López-Cantera was sworn in as the appointed Lieutenant Governor.

Term limits

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.


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.[5]

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: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries

The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $124,851. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]


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.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Address: Office of Lieutenant Governor
State of Florida
PL-05 The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Citizen Services Hotline: (850) 488-4441
Executive Office of the Governor Switchboard: (850) 488-7146

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