Commissioner Lisa Carlton
Appointed by Governor
|Occupation:||Co–Owner and Manager of Mabry Carlton Ranch, a cattle and citrus business|
|City:||Sarasota (Sarasota County)|
Commissioner Lisa Carlton is an eighth generation Floridian and co-owner and manager of the Mabry Carlton Ranch, Inc. in Sarasota County. The ranch is a diverse agricultural business comprised of a cow-calf operation as well as citrus groves. Commissioner Carlton lives on the ranch with her husband and their three children who represent the fifth generation of the family to live and work on the land.
Commissioner Carlton spent much of her life in public service to the people of Florida including most recently as a Florida State Senator. After graduating from law school, Commissioner Carlton practiced law in Sarasota County for several years before entering the realm of public service. In 1994 she was elected to represent the 70th District of the Florida House of Representatives. After two terms in the Florida House, then Representative Carlton became Senator Carlton when she was elected to represent the 23rd District of the Florida Senate in 1998. In 2002, she was elected in the 24th District of the Florida Senate where she served until 2008.
Growing up on the Mabry Carlton Ranch, Commissioner Carlton saw firsthand the challenges of operating a family business as she watched her parents manage a 17,000 acre cattle and citrus ranch – the same ranch she helps manage today.
In addition to her ranch management responsibilities, Commissioner Carlton remains active in her community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and a certified volunteer Guardian ad Litem. She is also a founding member of the Florida Historic Capitol Foundation.
Commissioner Carlton received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stetson University and a Juris Doctor from Mercer University School of Law.