Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
Elsa Gonzalez (Independent)
History of Florida. Information that every Florida Election Candidates for US Senate Should Know:
Beginning with Governor Francis Fleming in the 1890s, every chief executive of Florida has had an official portrait painted and hung in the state capitol building. Over the years, an interesting variety of artistic styles has accumulated. In the mid-1950s, the state legislature commissioned Tallahassee artist Clarabel Jett (1908-96) to create oil - enhanced photographs of all Florida governors whose portraits were not yet in the state collection. In 1986, the legislature transferred custody of the portrait collection to the Museum of Florida History.
All of the Governor's portraits are represented at the Historic Capitol. The more recent governors' portraits appear in the first-floor hallway of the new Capitol, beginning with Claude Kirk (1967-1971) and continuing up to the most recent portrait, that of Governor Jeb Bush (January 1999-January 2007). In keeping with the tradition of official governors' portraits, our current governor, Rick Scott, will not commission his portrait until the end of his term.