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Jennifer Carroll

Jennifer Carroll
18th Lieutenant Governor of Florida
In office
January 4, 2011 – March 12, 2013
Governor Rick Scott
Preceded by Jeff Kottkamp
Succeeded by Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 13th district
In office
2003–2011
Preceded by Mike Hogan
Succeeded by Daniel Davis
Personal details
Born Jennifer Sandra Johnson
(1959-08-27) August 27, 1959
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nolan Carroll
Children Nolan II
Nyckie
Necho
Residence Fleming Island, Florida
Alma mater Leeward Community College (A.A.)
University of New Mexico (A.B.)
Kensington University (M.B.A.)
St. Leo University (M.B.A.)
Profession Navy officer (formerly)
businesswoman
politician
Religion Christian
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1979–1999
Rank Lieutenant Commander

Jennifer Sandra Carroll (née Johnson; born August 27, 1959) is a Trinidadian-born American politician who was the 18th Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. state of Florida. The first black American and the first woman elected to the position, she assumed the office on January 4, 2011.[1][2]

She was the first black person elected lieutenant governor of Florida,[3] and the first black person elected to statewide office in Florida since Reconstruction.[4] Carroll previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2003 until 2010.

The New York Times reported that Carroll's tenure as lieutenant governor was "marred by scandal and poor judgment" and she was "increasingly viewed as an embarrassment to the man who chose her for the job."[5] She resigned her post as lieutenant governor on March 12, 2013, following allegations that she was involved in an effort to steer money into Internet cafés that are fronts for gambling, the subject of federal and state criminal investigations.[6][7]

Contents

  • Early life, education, and early political career 1
  • Florida House of Representatives 2
    • Elections 2.1
    • Committee assignments 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life, education, and early political career

Carroll was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to the United States at the age of eight, and graduated from Uniondale High School in Uniondale, Long Island New York in 1977. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1979. After serving as an aviation machinist's mate (jet engine mechanic), she was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program, becoming an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer in 1985. She retired from the Navy in 1999 as a Lieutenant Commander.

In 1981, she received an Associate of Arts degree from Leeward Community College. She followed this in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of New Mexico. She moved to Florida in 1986. She received a Master of Business Administration degree from unaccredited and now defunct Kensington University in 1995. Carroll resigned her position on the National Commission of Presidential Scholars after a CBS investigation raised questions about her degree.[8][9] She then returned to school to earn an accredited Master of Business Administration degree online from St. Leo University in 2008.[10]

Carroll is a member of the Clay County Republican Executive Committee. In 2000, she ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Florida's 3rd congressional district. Incumbent Democrat U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown defeated Carroll 58%–42%.[11] After redistricting, she ran for a rematch against Brown in the newly redrawn 3rd district in 2002. Brown defeated her 59%–41%.[12]

Following her defeat in the 2000 election, she was appointed Executive Director of the Presidential Scholars from 2001 to 2004,[8][14] and then a seat on the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission from 2004 to 2007.

Florida House of Representatives

Elections

Carroll ran for a seat Florida House of Representatives in the 13th state House district after incumbent State Representative Mike Hogan, also a Republican, resigned in 2003. In the April 2003 special election, she won the Republican primary with 65.5 percent of the vote, defeating Linda Sparks, who won 34.5 percent of the vote.[15] She became the first African-American female Republican ever elected to the Florida Legislature. She won unopposed in 2004,[16] 2006,[17] and 2008.[18]

Committee assignments

Carroll was appointed Deputy Majority Leader from 2003–2004, and served as Majority Whip in 2004–2006. She was Vice Chair of the Transportation and Economic Development Committee (2003–2004), Chair of the Finance Committee (2006–2008) and Chair of the Economic and Development Council (2008–2010).

Personal life

Carroll's husband is Nolan Carroll and has three children. Her son, Nolan Carroll II, played college football for the University of Maryland, and is now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.[19][20]

References

  1. ^ """The Truth-O-Meter Says: Jennifer Carroll is the "first African-American Republican woman to be part of a statewide ticket in Florida..  
  2. ^ Brandon Larrabee (January 4, 2011). "Rick Scott pledges bold action as Florida's 45th governor".  
  3. ^ Aaron Deslatte, Amy Pavuk (March 13, 2013). "Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns in wake of federal Internet café probe". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  4. ^ The Orlando Sentinel retrieved 2012-09-01
  5. ^ Christine Jordan Sexton and Lizette Alvarez, Florida's Lieutenant Governor Resigns Amid Inquiry Into Sweepstakes Firm (March 14), New York Times.
  6. ^ Tia Mitchell, Mary Ellen Klas (March 13, 2013). "Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns amid state, federal probe of non-profit veterans group". miamiherald.com. 
  7. ^ Rachel Weiner (March 13, 2013). "Florida Lt. Gov. resigns amid racketeering probe". washintonpost.com. 
  8. ^ a b Gonzales, Vince (May 10, 2004). "Top Officials Hold Fake Degrees". CBS Evening News. 
  9. ^ Stephen Majors (May 12, 2004). "Lawmaker to check her degree's status".  
  10. ^ Khalil Madani (May 1, 2011). "Saint Leo University builds up, plugs in". St. Petersburg Times. 
  11. ^ FL District 3 Race, ourcampaigns.com, November 7, 2000; retrieved 2013-07-14.
  12. ^ FL District 3 Race, ourcampaigns.com, November 5, 2002; accessed November 6, 2014.
  13. ^ Profile: Jennifer Carroll-WJXT Jacksonville
  14. ^ Matthew I. Pinzur, David DeCamp and Joe Humphrey (May 6, 2001). "Bush Appointment". The Florida Times-Union. 
  15. ^ April 15, 2003 Special Primary Results - HD 13, doe.dos.state.fl.us, Election Results Archive, Florida Department of State, Division of Elections.
  16. ^ 2004 election results, Election Results Archive, Florida Department of State, Division of Elections.
  17. ^ 2006 election results, doe.dos.state.fl.us, Election Results Archive, Florida Department of State, Division of Elections.
  18. ^ 2008 election results, doe.dos.state.fl.us, Election Results Archive, Florida Department of State, Division of Elections.
  19. ^ Neal, David (November 4, 2010). "Taxing questions for Miami Dolphins' rookie Nolan Carroll".  
  20. ^ Darlington, Jeff (August 20, 2010). "Miami Dolphins rookie Nolan Carroll becoming something special".  

External links

  • Official website
  • Project Vote Smart profile
  • Profile, Florida House of Representatives website; accessed November 6, 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Kottkamp
Lieutenant Governor of Florida
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Carlos López-Cantera


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