Published: Sep 02, 2010 7:53 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 02, 2010 4:53 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Republican nominee for governor Rick Scott is set to name State Rep. Jennifer Carroll as his running mate.

Scott's campaign said he would announce his choice for lieutenant governor Thursday in Jacksonville. Events in Orlando and the Tampa area will follow.

Carroll confirmed in an e-mail to The Associated Press early Thursday that she is Scott's choice.

The 51-year-old Carroll served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and was elected to the Florida Legislature in 2003.

She would become the state's first black woman to be a candidate for lieutenant governor.

Scott beat Bill McCollum for the GOP nomination in the Aug. 24 primary. He'll face Democrat Alex Sink in the general election Nov. 2.