Carlos López-Cantera

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Carlos López-Cantera
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19th Lieutenant Governor of Florida
Assumed office
February 3, 2014
Governor Rick Scott
Preceded by Jennifer Carroll
Property Appraiser of Miami-Dade County
In office
Preceded by Pedro Garcia
Succeeded by Pedro Garcia
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 113th district
In office
Preceded by Manny Prieguez
Succeeded by David Richardson
Personal details
Born (1973-12-29) December 29, 1973 (age 47)
Madrid, Spain
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Renee (m. 2005; 2 children)
Alma mater Miami Dade College
University of Miami
Religion Judaism[1]

Carlos López-Cantera (born December 29, 1973) is an American politician from the state of Florida. He is the lieutenant governor of Florida, a position that he was sworn into on February 3, 2014.[2] He was elected property appraiser of Miami-Dade County on August 14, 2012.[3] From 2004-2012, he represented District 113 in the Florida House of Representatives, where he served as the Republican majority leader[4] during the final two years of his term. On January 14, 2014, Florida governor Rick Scott announced López-Cantera's appointment to serve out the term of Jennifer Carroll, who resigned in March 2013.[5][6]

Life and career

López-Cantera was born on December 29, 1973 in Madrid, Spain, the son of Esther “Shelly” Smith Fano and Carlos López-Cantera.[7][8] His father is Cuban. His father is Catholic and his mother is Jewish.[2] He was born two months prematurely and returned with his parents to reside in Miami, Florida, once he was healthy enough to travel. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1994 and a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in political science from the University of Miami in 1996.[9]

López-Cantera and Marco Rubio in 2007

In 1997, he was a facilitator for the Florida Senate's criminal justice committee.[10] In 2002, he made an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. Two years later, López-Cantera won his first election to the Florida House of Representatives to the 113th District in November 2004, and was successively reelected in 2006, 2008 and 2010. He was House majority whip from 2008 to 2010 and the House Majority Leader from 2010 to 2012.[11]

López-Cantera was twice elected by his colleagues from Miami-Dade County to be the chairman of the Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation from 2011-2012. On August 14, 2012, he became the second property appraiser to be elected by the citizens of Miami-Dade, a county with a population of more than 2.5 million people and almost 1,000,000 properties. On July 15, 2015, López-Cantera announced his candidacy to run in the 2016 United States Senate election in Florida to replace retiring Senator Marco Rubio, who was running for president of the United States.

Personal life

López-Cantera has been married to his wife Renee since 2005. They have two daughters.[12]


  1. Bousquet, Steve (April 7, 2016). "Lopez-Cantera's story wows an important crowd in Boca Raton". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Steve Bousquet; Marc Caputo (January 14, 2014). "Gov. Rick Scott announces Carlos Lopez-Cantera as new lt. governor". Miami Herald.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Campbell, Janie (August 15, 2012). "Election Results, Miami-Dade 2012 Primary: Winners, Losers, And A Power Broker On A Boat". Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Florida House of Representatives
  5. Tia Mitchell, Mary Ellen Klas (March 13, 2013). "Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns amid state, federal probe of non-profit veterans group".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Rachel Weiner (March 13, 2013). "Florida Lt. Gov. resigns amid racketeering probe".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Meet Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera". Retrieved February 27, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Editorial. "The Herald Recommends." pg 24A. Miami Herald August 16, 2004. Online. February 25, 2009.
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  12. Mazzei, Patricia (July 15, 2015). "Running on Florida's record, Carlos Lopez-Cantera launches campaign for Marco Rubio's Senate seat". Miami Herald. Retrieved 10 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jennifer Carroll
Lieutenant Governor of Florida