Kenneth Hood "Buddy" MacKay, Jr. (born March 22, 1933) is an American politician and diplomat. He served as Governor of Florida, following the death of then-Governor Lawton Chiles. He served as Governor for less than a month. He is the last Democrat to serve as Governor of Florida.
|42nd Governor of Florida|
December 12, 1998 – January 5, 1999
|Preceded by||Lawton Chiles|
|Succeeded by||Jeb Bush|
|14th Lieutenant Governor of Florida|
January 8, 1991 – December 12, 1998
|Preceded by||Bobby Brantley|
|Succeeded by||Frank Brogan|
|Presidential Special Envoy for the Americas|
|Preceded by||Mack McLarty|
|Succeeded by||Otto Reich|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 6th district|
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1989
|Preceded by||Bill Young|
|Succeeded by||Cliff Stearns|
|Florida State Senator from 6th district|
January 3, 1975 – November 5, 1980
|Succeeded by||George Kirkpatrick|
Kenneth Hood MacKay, Jr.
March 22, 1933
|Spouse(s)||Anne Selph (m. 1960)|
|Education||University of Florida|
|Branch/service||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1955-1958|
Lieutenant Governor of FloridaEdit
MacKay won the 1990 Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor on the ticket headed by former Senator Lawton Chiles. They won the election and were re-elected in 1994. MacKay succeeded Chiles as governor after his sudden death in 1998.
Governor of FloridaEdit
In 1998 MacKay sought to succeed Chiles as Governor, easily winning the Democratic nomination with his full support (Chiles and MacKay were known for their friendly relationship). He was defeated by Republican nominee Jeb Bush.
A few months later, he became governor after Chiles' death. MacKay served as governor for 23 days. During his term as governor, MacKay granted six pardons to female prisoners and tried to fix the Everglades. He appointed Peggy Quince for Florida Supreme Court.
In 1999, he was succeeded by Bush.
MacKay lives in Tallahassee with his wife. MacKay has four children.
- State: MacKay steps into awkward 23 days
- "Nan Rich Claims Lawton Chiles' Legacy With Buddy MacKay's Endorsement". Sun Shine State News.com. February 4, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
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