Chief Justice Charles T. Canady was born in Lakeland, Florida, in 1954. He is married to Jennifer Houghton Canady, and they have two children. He received his B.A from Haverford College in 1976 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979.
Chief Justice Canady practiced law with the firm of Holland and Knight in Lakeland from 1979 through 1982. He practiced with the firm of Lane, Trohn, et. al., from 1983 through 1992.
From November, 1984 to November 1990, Chief Justice Canady served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, and from January 1993 to January 2001, he served four terms in the United States House of Representatives. Throughout his service in Congress, Chief Justice Canady was a member of the House Judiciary Committee. For three terms, from January 1995 to January 2001, Chief Justice Canady was the Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.
Upon leaving Congress, Chief Justice Canady became general counsel to Governor Jeb Bush. He was appointed by Governor Bush to the Second District Court of Appeal for a term beginning November 20, 2002.
On August 28, 2008, Chief Justice Canady was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Charlie Christ and took office on September 8, 2008. He served as Florida’s 54th Chief Justice from July 2010 through June 2012. He was elected to a second term as Chief Justice effective July, 2018.
Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Canady takes time out of his busy schedule to talk about the newest members of the Supreme Court, their new budget, and their plans with tech.
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