Carlos Lopez-Cantera sworn in as Florida's lieutenant gov

Position vacant since March 2012

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Carlos Lopez-Cantera is now Florida's lieutenant governor.

Lopez-Cantera, a former state legislator and Miami-Dade property appraiser, was officially sworn on Monday.

Scott named Lopez-Cantera to the post in January. The job of lieutenant governor has been vacant since last March.

Lopez-Cantera was sworn in by 1st District Court of Appeal Chief Judge Joseph Lewis Jr. in a small, private ceremony held in the Governor's Office. The only attendees were family members.

Former lieutenant governor Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned after she was interviewed by law-enforcement authorities about work she once did for a charity that prosecutors have said was a front for a widespread gambling ring. She has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

The 40-year-old Lopez-Cantera is the first Hispanic and Cuban-American to hold the post of lieutenant governor.

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