Carlos Lopez-Cantera Edit Profile
Associate of Arts, Miami-Dade Community College, Florida, 1994. Bachelor, University Miami, Florida, 1996.
He is the Lieutenant Governor of Florida, a position that he was sworn into on February 3, 2014. He was the Property Appraiser of Miami-Dade County following his election on August 14, 2012. From 2004-2012, he represented District 113 in the Florida House of Representatives, where he served as the Republican Majority Leader 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. López-Cantera was born on December 29, 1973 in Madrid, Spain, the son of Esther “Shelly” Smith Fano and Carlos Lopez-Cantera. In 1997, he was a facilitator for the Florida Senate's Criminal Justice Committee.
In 2002, he made an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. He was House Majority Whip from 2008 to 2010 and the House Majority Leader from 2010 to 2012. 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, Lopez-Cantera announced his candidacy to run in the 2016 United States Senate election in Florida to replace retiring Senator Marco Rubio, who is running for President.
Member of Hispanic American Business Association, Greater Miami Realtors Association, Delta Sigma Pi.
Married Renee Lopez-Cantera. 1 child Sabrina.