MIAMI -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is appointing a former legislator and Miami-Dade politician as lieutenant governor and his running mate for 2014.
Scott on Tuesday named Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera to the post. The move comes nearly 10 months after former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned.
Lopez-Cantera, called the appointment an "opportunity that could not be ignored, or denied because I'll be representing the entire state."
The 40-year-old Miami Republican served eight years in the Florida Legislature, rising to the position of House Majority Leader from 2010 to 2012. He was elected property appraiser in 2012.
Lopez-Cantera, who was in the real estate business, worked on property tax issues while in the Legislature.
He says that the Scott administration first reached out to him about the position in mid-December.