Florida GOP Gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott has selected Jacksonville state Rep. Jennifer Carroll, the only black Republican state legislator, as his running mate. Carroll, a 51 year-old Trinidadian immigrant, is a 20 year navy veteran and was head of the state Department of Veterans Affairs under Gov. Jeb Bush. Carroll is the first black Republican woman ever elected to the Legislature and would be the first black woman to serve as Florida’s lieutenant governor.
As an African-American women, Carroll brings gender balance and diversity to a GOP statewide ticket that needs it.
“Working together, we will broaden the base of our party, reaching out to every Floridian who wants a better future for their families,” Scott said as he introduced Carroll for the first time at the Entrance of Naval Air Station in Jacksonville.
Carroll is a lifetime member of the NAACP and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and an MBA from Saint Leo University.