Lieutenant Governor of Florida

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The Lieutenant Governor of Florida is a statewide elected office in the government of the U.S. state of Florida. According to the Florida Constitution, the lieutenant governor is elected to a four-year term congruent with that of the Governor of Florida, and succeeds to the office of Governor if it becomes vacant. The current Lieutenant Governor of Florida is Jennifer Carroll, who took office on January 4, 2011.

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The lieutenant governor is currently the second-ranking member of the executive branch of the state Government of Florida. The lieutenant governor succeeds to the office of governor if the office becomes vacant, and may also serve as acting governor of the governor is incapacitated or absent from the state.

In the modern setup the lieutenant governor is elected on the same party ticket as the gubernatorial candidate. Although gubernatorial candidates are not required to have a running mate for the party primary elections, the state constitution requires a "joint candidacy" for the general election. Statewide elections for governor, lieutenant governor and the state cabinet take place every four years.

Once elected, the lieutenant governor is first in the line of succession, serving upon vacancy in the office of governor. The position of Lieutenant Governor of Florida was restored with the 1968 revision of the Florida state constitution (See Article IV, Section 2). Prior to 1968, the president of the state senate was first in the...
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