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Buddy MacKay
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42nd Governor of Florida
In office
December 12, 1998 – January 5, 1999
Lieutenant None
Preceded by Lawton Chiles
Succeeded by Jeb Bush
14th Lieutenant Governor of Florida
In office
January 8, 1991 – December 12, 1998
Governor Lawton Chiles
Preceded by Bobby Brantley
Succeeded by Frank Brogan
Presidential Special Envoy for the Americas
In office
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Mack McLarty
Succeeded by Otto Reich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1989
Preceded by Bill Young
Succeeded by Cliff Stearns
Florida State Senator from 6th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – November 5, 1980
Succeeded by George Kirkpatrick
Personal details
Kenneth Hood MacKay, Jr.

March 22, 1933 (1933-03-22) (age 88)
Ocala, Florida
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anne Selph (m. 1960)
Education University of Florida
Profession lawyer, politician
Military service
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service 1955-1958
Rank Captain

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.

Early life

MacKay was born in Ocala, Florida. His family were citrus farmers. He studied at the University of Florida. MacKay served the United States Air Force. He married Anne Selph in 1960.

Early career

MacKay was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1968, and to the Florida Senate in 1975. From 1983 to 1989 he served for three terms in the United States House of Representatives.

Controlling the national budget one of his main concerns. In 1988 he received the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate, but lost in a very close race for that office to Connie Mack III.

Lieutenant Governor of Florida

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 Florida

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.

Personal life

MacKay lives in Tallahassee with his wife. MacKay has four children.

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