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Chief Justice Charles T. Canady

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Candidate Background

Judicial Background

He was on President Trump's list of potential candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2018.

  • 2008 - present: Justice, Florida Supreme Court. Appointed by Governor Charlie Crist. He won the retention vote by 68.01% in 2016 and 67.5% in 2010. He holds the role of Chief Justice (2018-present). He also held this two-year role in 2010.
  • 2002 - 2008: Judge, 2nd District Court of Appeal. Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. In 2004, he won the retention vote by 74.6%.

Additional Background

Justice Canady was an attorney in private practice from 1979 to 1992. He focused on real estate law.

In addition to his background in law, he was a politician. He ran for office as a first as a Democrat, then as a Republican.

Between 1984 and 1990, he was District 44 Representative in the Florida House. He ran as a Democrat and won the Primary by 68.2% (uncontested in the General election). He was re-elected twice with 71.2% and 68.9% of the vote.

In 1990, he ran as a Republican for District 12 in the Florida Senate, but lost by 1.2%. He switched parties while campaigning for the seat.

He ran as a Republican for District 12 Representative in the U.S. House and won by 52.1%. He served in this office between 1993 and 2001. He was re-elected two times with 65.0% and 61.6% of the vote. He then ran unopposed to serve a 4th and final term.

After that, he served about 2 years as General Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush, until Bush appointed him to be judge.

He is a conservative justice and is considered a textualist.

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