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  MacKay, Jr., Kenneth H. "Buddy"
NameKenneth H. "Buddy" MacKay, Jr.
Ocala, Florida , United States
Born March 22, 1933 (87 years)
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Last ModifedDavid
May 22, 2020 06:49am
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InfoKenneth Hood "Buddy" MacKay, Jr.

Members of the MacKay family have been Florida citrus farmers in Ocala and Marion county for the past three generations. Buddy MacKay served in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s, then attended the University of Florida, earning a law degree. He opened a law practice in Ocala. In 1960 he married Anne Selph; they have four sons. MacKay was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1968, then elected to the State Senate in 1975. In 1984 voters elected him to the U.S. Congress where he served three terms. During those years MacKay worked with a group of congressmen to help bring the national budget under control. Finally, in 1990, MacKay teamed with Lawton Chiles, serving as Lieutenant Governor for two terms, from 1990 to 1998. Upon Governor Chiles sudden death, MacKay assumed the governorship for the remaining three weeks of Chile's term.

Born in Ocala, Marion County, Fla., March 22, 1933; attended Ocala Elementary School; graduated, Ocala High School, 1950; B.S. and B.A., University of Florida, Gainsville, 1954; LL.B., University of Florida Law School, 1961; United States Air Force, captain, 1955-1958; admitted to the Florida bar, 1961, and commenced practice in Daytona Beach; elected, Florida house of representatives, 1968-1974; elected, Florida senate, 1974-1980; unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate, 1980; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-eighth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1983-January 3, 1989); was not a candidate for reelection, but was an unsuccessful nominee in 1988 for the United States Senate; elected Lieutenant Governor of Florida in 1990 for the term commencing January 8, 1991, and reelected in 1994; unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1998; upon the death of Governor Lawton Chiles was sworn in as Governor of Florida on December 13, 1998, and served until January 5, 1999.



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  12/12/1998 FL Governor - Succession Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/03/1998 FL Governor Lost 44.72% (-10.55%)
  11/08/1994 FL Lt. Governor Won 50.76% (+1.52%)
  09/08/1994 FL Lt. Governor- D Primary Won 72.17% (+44.34%)
  11/06/1990 FL Lt. Governor Won 56.51% (+13.03%)
  09/04/1990 FL Lt. Governor- D Primary Won 69.49% (+38.97%)
  11/08/1988 FL US Senate Lost 49.57% (-0.85%)
  10/04/1988 FL US Senate - D Runoff Won 52.00% (+3.99%)
  09/06/1988 FL US Senate - D Primary Won 26.14% (+0.00%)
  11/04/1986 FL District 06 Won 70.16% (+40.32%)
  09/02/1986 FL District 6 - D Primary Won 85.48% (+70.97%)
  11/06/1984 FL District 06 Won 99.30% (+98.61%)
  11/02/1982 FL District 06 Won 61.35% (+22.71%)
  09/09/1980 FL US Senate - D Primary Lost 24.61% (-7.47%)
  09/12/1978 FL State Senate 6 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/1974 FL State Senate 06 Won 75.32% (+50.65%)
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