sunshinestatenews.com

Published: Feb 03, 2014 5:56 AM EST
Updated: Feb 03, 2014 2:05 PM EST

TALLAHASSSEE, Fla. (AP) - 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.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)