Terry P. Lewis

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Terry P. Lewis
Court Information:
Florida Second Circuit Court
Title:   Judge
Position:   Group 12
Active:   1998 - 1/2019
Past position:   Leon County Court Judge
Past term:   1989 - 1998
Personal History
Law School:   Florida State University
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Second Circuit Court
State:  Florida
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  August 14, 2012
Election vote:  ApprovedA
Terry P. Lewis is a judge of the Second Circuit Court of Florida. He has served in this position since 1998. His current term expires in January of 2019.[1][2]


Lewis received his J.D. degree from Florida State University in 1976.[1]


Lewis has worked as a solo practitioner and as a lawyer with the firm of Oven, Gwynn & Lewis. In 1989, he became a judge of the Leon County Court. He then joined the circuit court in 1998.[1]

2012 election

Lewis was unopposed and automatically re-elected to the circuit court following the primary election on August 14, 2012.[3][4]

See also: Florida judicial elections, 2012

In the news

Judge Lewis tosses congressional map, blasts lawmakers for unfair practices (2014)

Judge Lewis, on July 10, 2014, criticized state lawmakers for making a "mockery" of redistricting processes while ruling Florida's new congressional district maps unconstitutional. The judge, in reviewing the legitimacy of the maps that were drawn up by the Republican-controlled state legislature in 2012, pointed to the Fair Districts constitutional amendments. Those amendments were passed in 2010 as a way to limit partisan influences and gerrymandering in district maps.

Though the judge did not say whether new lines would have to be drawn for the 2014 elections--starting with the August 26 primary--he did have harsh words for the Legislature:

Republican political consultants or operatives did in fact conspire to manipulate and influence the redistricting process...They made a mockery of the Legislature’s proclaimed transparency and open process of redistricting by doing all of this in the shadow of that process, utilizing the access it gave them to the decision makers, but going to great lengths to conceal from the public their plan and their participation in it.[5]

—Judge Terry P. Lewis[6]

The case dealt with two districts in particular--the 10th District, which includes parts of Lake, Orange and Polk counties in the central part of the state, and the 5th District, which a number of northeastern counties between the cities of Jacksonville to Orlando.[7]

Because the case is expected to be appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, it is likely too late to affect the 2014 elections, which commence with a primary on August 26.

On August 1, 2014, Judge Lewis ordered the legislature to redraw the boundaries of the two congressional districts by August 15.[8]

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