Circuit Judge Jim Fensom is seeking re-election to the 14th Judicial Circuit.
First appointed in 2006 by then Governor Jeb Bush to fill an unexpired term, Fensom won the seat with no opposition in 2008.
Fensom was born and educated in Port St. Joe before attending the University of Auburn, where he met Jan, his wife of more than 40 years. He went on to graduate from the Florida State University College of Law and worked for State Representative Billy Joe Rish before serving as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Don Fuqua. He later completed Florida Judicial College.
As an attorney, Fensom has tried more than 100 jury trials in his 30 years of local practice, and at age 32, he argued and won a landmark property case in the Florida Supreme Court.
He also has the distinction of having tried the first case in the state that allowed television cameras in the courtroom and practiced as an Assistant State Attorney in Panama City.
As a judge, Fensom is certified by the Supreme Court to handle death penalty cases and has had more than 95% of his appealed jury trials and rulings approved. He is also a member of the Judicial Nominating Committee for the First District Court of Appeal.
Fensom says despite his varied experience, that closest to his heart is his work with abused and neglected children.
"Over the course of my career, I have placed more than 300 at risk children into safe, loving families," said Fensom. "I worked closely with the Guardian ad Litem program and was able to reduce the time frame for adoptions."
He was recognized by the Florida Supreme Court for his work in that area, which resulted in a record number of adoptions.