Ari Abraham Porth

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Ari Abraham Porth
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Court Information:
Florida Seventeenth Circuit Court
Title:   Judge
Position:   Group 10
Active:   1/2013-1/2019
Preceded by:   Richard D. Eade
Past position:   State Representative, Florida House of Representatives District 96
Past term:   2004-2012
Past position:   Assistant State Attorney, Broward County
Past position 2:   1995-2012
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Northeastern University
Law School:   Nova Southeastern University
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Seventeenth Circuit Court
State:  Florida
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  August 14, 2012
Election vote:  ApprovedA
Ari Abraham Porth is a Criminal Division judge of the Seventeenth Circuit Court of Florida. He was elected in 2012 and his current term expires in January of 2019.[1]

Judicial elections

2012 election

Porth was unopposed and automatically re-elected on August 14, 2012.[2]

See also: Florida judicial elections, 2012


Porth earned his B.S. from Northeastern University and his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University.[3]


Legislative career

Ari Abraham Porth was a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 96, from 2004 to 2012. He served as Democratic Whip from 2004 to 2006.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Porth served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Porth served on these committees:


Porth 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]

Porth's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 45 - "Traffic Infractions: Provides surcharge on noncriminal moving traffic violations; provides for proceeds from such surcharge to be used to fund cost of civil traffic infraction hearing officers."
  • HB 139 - "Driving Restrictions: Revises age restrictions on issuance of driver's licenses by DHSMV; prohibits issuance of driver's license to person under certain age unless driver education requirements are met; prohibits person under certain age from operating motor vehicle with more than one passenger & from operating motor vehicle during certain times"
  • HB 889 - "Highway Safety: Creates "Deputy Michael Callin, Michael Haligowski, & Deputy Ryan C. Seguin Memorial Traffic Safety Act;" requires motor vehicle being driven by person whose driver license or driving privilege is canceled, suspended, revoked, or disqualified to be impounded or immobilized; provides for notice to driver, owners, insurers, & lienholders; provides for payment of costs and fees, release of motor vehicle, & sale of unclaimed motor vehicle"

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

Legislative elections


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Porth ran for re-election to the 96th District seat in 2010. He did not have any opposition in the August 24 primary. Porth defeated Jason Weakley (Tea party) in the general election held November 2, 2010.[6]

Florida House of Representatives, District 96
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ari Abraham Porth (D) 24,472 71.3%
Jason Weakley (TEA) 9,867 28.7%


In 2008, Porth won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 96th District. Porth ran unopposed in the election. He raised $50,176 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Porth raised $66,777 in contributions.[8]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Ruden Mcclosky $2,500
Hospital Corp Of America $2,000
Florida Hospital Association $2,000
Florida Association Of Realtors $2,000

Below are Porth's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
Hospital Corporation of America $2,000
Ruden McCloskey $1,000
Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section of the FL Bar Assoc $1,000
Anheuser-Busch $500
White Rock Quarries $500

See also

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Political offices
Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 96
Succeeded by
Jim Waldman (D)