CaribWorldNews, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Sept. 3, 2010: A 51 year-old Trinidadian immigrant has been named as the running mate to Florida GOP Gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott.
Scott announced his selection of Jacksonville state Rep. Jennifer Carroll, the only black Republican state legislator, as his running mate this week.
Carroll is a 20 year navy veteran and former head of the state Department of Veterans Affairs under former Gov. Jeb Bush. She made history by becoming only the first black Republican woman ever elected to the legislature and could become the first black woman to serve as Florida`s lieutenant governor.
In 2001 President George W. Bush appointed Jennifer to `The White House Presidential Scholar`s Commission,` where she served until the spring of 2004. In May of 2004, Jennifer was appointed to the Veterans` Disability Benefits Commission by President Bush.
Carroll is also 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.
She was born on August 27, 1959 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Interestingly, Carroll said she supports Scott`s hard-line views on illegal immigration and in support of a state law similar to one adopted earlier this year in Arizona.
`The bottom line is legal immigration. We cannot reward people for their illegal acts in coming to this country,` Carroll said.
`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.