Charles Canady is a justice on the Florida Supreme Court who was appointed to the court in August of 2008 by Governor Charlie Crist, who was a Republican at the time, though has since become a Democrat. Canady was retained by voters on November 2, 2010 for a term that ends in January of 2017 – exceptional timing. Canady is known for his conservative views on abortion and civil rights and was voted by his peers to serve as chief justice in July 2010. He succeeded Peggy Quince whose term had expired and served in the position until 2012. Justice Canady filed to stand for retention in 2016 and was retained.
Canady earned his undergraduate degree from Haverford College in 1976 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979 and then went on to practice at the firm of Holland and Knight until 1982. He spent another 10 years in private pracice while also serving in the House of Representatives from 1984 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 2001 before becoming general counsel to Governor Jeb Bush until 2002 before becoming a judge for the Florida Second District Court of Appeals. In 2008 he became a justice for the Florida Supreme Court.
Canady is a member of the Boy Scout’s of America Advisory Council as well as the Community Council for Substance Abuse. He is a member of the Home for Unwed Mothers Board of Directors, the United Cerebral Palsy Board and Volunteers in Service to the Elderly Board of Directors.
Canady is considered to be more conservative than average. He voted yes on banning partial-birth abortions and on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. Canady also voted to ban gay adoptions and yes to ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. He voted yes on decreasing the gun waiting period from three days to one.