John Wayne Mixson

John Wayne Mixson

39th Governor of Florida (January 3-6, 1987)

Personal Background:

  • Born June 16, 1922- New Brockton, AL

    Governor Mixson, ca. 1987

  • First Lady Margie Grace Mixson, married 1947


  • Attended Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Attended Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania
  • Graduated from University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Service to Florida:

Governor Mixson joined the Navy in 1942, serving in a "lighter than air" unit placed on anti-submarine duty. He earned his education post World War II, under the Navy's V-12 program, graduating with honors from University of Florida. Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1967, he served six consecutive terms. Elected Lt. Governor in 1979, Mixson served for two consecutive terms with Governor Bob Graham. By an unprecedented twist of fate, Lt. Governor Mixson assumed the office of the Governor of Florida for three days. Upon vacating his office to assume the duties as a United States Senator, Governor Graham triggered the short-lived ascendancy of his lieutenant governor into office as Florida's 39th governor.

Most Notable Contributions as Governor:

Governor & Mrs. Mixson, 1987

Governor Mixson has served as secretary of commerce during his second term as lieutenant governor. As a successful cattle farmer from Marianna, FL for many years, Mixson knew first-hand how important job creation was within the agriculture industry. He was especially sensitive to how post-World War II mechanization could help impoverished farm workers. He has been honored by numerous agricultural organizations across Florida for his leadership on behalf of the farmers. His proudest achievement, spoken in characteristic good humor, was: "I wanted to be known as the governor who did the least damage to Florida."

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