jennifer-carroll_web.jpgTALLAHASSEE — Florida A&M University and Lawson Associates will sponsor a black-tie reception in honor of  Lt. Governor-Elect Jennifer Carroll on Sunday, Jan. 2, in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium on campus. 

“This reception is an opportunity to welcome Mrs. Carroll to FAMU, the campus and the Tallahassee community,” “FAMU congratulates Mrs. Carroll on her historic election,” FAMU President James H. Ammons said in a statement.

“It is a real honor to co-host this reception for Lt. Governor-Elect Jennifer Carroll, the first African-American woman to serve as lieutenant-governor for the state of Florida,” Alfred Lawson said.  “This is such a historical affair.  I am honored to be a part of this celebration.”

Carroll was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, immigrated to the United States as a young child and served in the United States Navy for more than 20 years, retiring as a lieutenant commander.

During her time in the Navy, Carroll was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Overseas Ribbon, two Coast Guard Special Operation Ribbons and an Expert Pistol Medal.

Carroll graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in political science and received an M.B.A. from St. Leo University. She came to Florida in 1986 and started 3N. & J.C. Corp., of which she is president.

She ran for the Florida House of Representatives in 2003 and became the first African-American female Republican in the Legislature. She was appointed deputy majority leader by Speaker Johnnie Byrd, serving from 2003 to 2004 and then served as majority whip from 2004 to 2006.

The reception is open to the public and the doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call 850-222-1286.