Michael Scionti

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Michael Scionti
Court Information:
Florida Thirteenth Circuit Court
Title:   Judge
Active:   2015-2021
Past position:   Senior diplomat and foreign policy adviser, U.S. Department of State
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Florida State University, 1990
Law School:   South Texas College of Law, 1996
Military service:   U.S. Army Reserve
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Thirteenth Circuit Court
Position:  Group 19
State:  Florida
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  08/26/2014
Primary vote:  64.71%ApprovedA
Election vote:  ApprovedA

Michael Scionti is a judge for the Thirteenth Circuit Court in Florida. He was elected to the court in 2014 for a term beginning on January 6, 2015, and expiring on January 4, 2021.[1]

Scionti is a former Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, as well.

Judicial elections



  • The Tampa Tribune[2]


Scionti earned his B.S. in criminal justice from Florida State University in 1990 and his J.D. degree from the South Texas College of Law in 1996. He graduated from the United States Army's Judge Advocate General School in 2000, Military Intelligence School in 2007, and Command and General Staff College in 2011.[3]

Military service

Scionti joined the United Sates Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps in 2000. He served as the team chief for the Trial and Litigation Section for the 174th Legal Operation Detachment, United States Army Reserve Legal Command. He voluntarily deployed twice, once to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and once to Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008.[3]


Prior to his judicial election in 2014, Scionti worked in the following capacities:

  • Senior diplomat and foreign policy advisor for the rule of law and law enforcement, United States Department of State
  • Attorney in private practice
  • Representative, Florida House of Representatives, District 58
  • Statewide prosecutor
  • Assistant state attorney
  • Assistant attorney general
  • 1996: Admitted to the Florida Bar [3]

Political career

Scionti represented District 58 of the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to December 13, 2009. Scionti resigned his seat after being appointed to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intergovernmental Affairs and Homeland Defense.[4]

Committee assignments

Scionti served on the following House committees:


Scionti did not provide answers to the Florida State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[5]

Scionti's sponsored legislation included:

  • HB 39 - "Regulation of Drugs: Creates "Vaccine Safety Act;" prohibits sale, purchase, manufacture, delivery, importation, administration, & distribution of vaccines containing organic or inorganic mercury compounds in excess of certain amount."
  • HB 87 - "Speed Zones at K-12 Schools: Requires installation of traffic & pedestrian control devices at certain K-12 schools unless traffic engineering analysis determines that devices are not necessary."
  • HB 1339 - "County Powers and Duties: Authorizes counties to provide by ordinance for abatements & rebates of specified ad valorem taxes, discretionary sales surtaxes, & fuel taxes."

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Campaign donors


Below are Scionti's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[6]

Contributor 2008 total
Anheuser-Busch $1,000
FL Assoc of Realtors $1,000
FL Chamber of Commerce $1,000
FL State Correctional Officers $1,000
123 LaSalle Associates $1,000

Awards and associations


  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Join Service Achievement Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • North Atlantic Tread Organization Service Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Service Medal
  • Presidential Unit Award
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award[3]


  • Post 111 - American Legion
  • La Nuova Sicilia Sons Of Italy Lodge
  • Optimist Club of Greater Tampa Bay
  • Post 424 - Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • West Tampa Chamber of Commerce


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Political offices
Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 58
2006-December 2009
Succeeded by
Janet Cruz