.Born in Madrid, Spain and raised in Miami, Carlos Lopez-Cantera graduated from Miami-Dade College and continued his studies at the University of Miami, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration
Carlos has an in-depth understanding of housing, planning, and growth issues which he has earned through his work in Miami-Dade County’s real estate market for the past 15 years. As a licensed realtor, he has worked in the industrial development field for over 10 years and from 2002 through 2004, Carlos served as a member of the Miami-Dade Planning Advisory Board
From 2004 through 2012, Carlos served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Over the course of his 8-year term in the Legislature, Carlos served as a member of the Governor’s Property Tax Reform Committee, the My Safe Florida Home Advisory Council and the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force. In the Florida House of Representatives, he chaired the Committee on Business Regulation and the Government Affairs Committee. Carlos served as Majority Whip from 2009 through 2010 and as the Majority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives during the final two years of his term from 2010 through 2012.