Judge Lisa Porter Announces Resignation

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17th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Lisa Porter has announced her resignation.

Porter, 55, who lives in Wilton Manors with her partner Patricia Windowmaker, will resign on June 30, according to Law.com

Porter, a graduate of the University of Florida, was appointed to her current position in 2008 by then Gov. Charlie Crist. She was re-elected in 2010 and ran unopposed in 2016. Before becoming a judge, she was the chief assistant statewide prosecutor for the Florida Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution from 1995 to 2008, and assistant state attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit from 1988 to 1995. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1998.

Porter told Law.com she plans to spend time with family, work with local charities, and possibly run for another elected office. “Perhaps I’ll get involved in politics. I don’t know. I’ll just have to see where the path leads,” Porter said Thursday. “I spent 20 years in the executive branch as a prosecutor, 10 years on the judicial side as a judge. I might, down the road, be interested in exploring the legislative branch.”

In her letter to Gov. Rick Scott, Porter wrote, “My career as a public servant has been rewarding beyond all measure. I thank the people with whom – and for whom – I have served for this honor.”


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