Orlando, FL – Today, Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for Governor, selected Miami State Representative Jeanette Nuñez as his running mate. The decision marks the first time in history a Cuban-American woman will run for Lieutenant Governor of Florida. Nuñez is currently the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Florida House of Representatives.
“Jeanette Nuñez is a strong, principled leader who will be an outstanding Lieutenant Governor for the people of Florida,” Congressman Ron DeSantis said. “She has a proven record of leadership and legislative accomplishments, delivering for both her constituents in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida as a whole.
Jeanette will help us build on our economic success, protect our environment and empower parents to make the best educational decisions for their children. I look forward to campaigning with her across our great state to secure Florida’s future.”
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Florida with Congressman DeSantis,” said Nuñez. “In South Florida, we know that by empowering the free market—not big government—we succeed as a state. Together, I know we can build an economy that works for all Floridians, protect our natural resources and provide every child a great education. I’m excited about sharing our message across the Sunshine State and bringing home a big win in November.”
Nuñez will join Congressman DeSantis for events in Orlando and Miami on Thursday.
State Representative Jeanette M. Nuñez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She was first elected in 2010 to the Florida House of Representatives and was subsequently re-elected in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Nuñez has served in the past as an adjunct professor at Florida International University. Over the years, she has demonstrated her ongoing commitment to the South Florida community through her active involvement in various local organizations and professional groups. She has been involved with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Miami, WHEN, and Women in Government. From 2007 – 2015, Nuñez served on the Board of Kristi House, an organization dedicated to children who are victims of sexual abuse. In 2007, she was named Hispanic Woman of Distinction.
In November 2016, Nuñez was named Speaker Pro Tempore of the Florida House of Representatives. She previously chaired Health Quality Subcommittee, Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee, and Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee.
A proud graduate of Florida International University (FIU), Nuñez is also a lifetime member of the FIU Alumni Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science, her Masters of Public Administration from FIU, and a Six Sigma Certificate from the University of Miami. Nuñez attends Christ Fellowship West Kendall Campus. Together with her husband, Adrian Nuñez, they are the proud parents of three children – Megan, Justin,and Jason.