Judge John K. Stargel


Personal Information

Married to Senator Kelli Stargel
Children: Rebekah, Amanda, Robert, Hannah, and Laura; grandson, Austin
Born May 14, 1964, Somerset, Kentucky
Moved to Central Florida in 1972

Educational Experience

Florida State University College of Law, JD (with Honors), (1991)
University of Tampa,
Bachelor of Science (with high honors), Economics and Business Management, (1987)

Professional Experience

Circuit Judge, Tenth Judicial Circuit
First Elected 2006. Current Term runs through 2019. Currently Serving in the Felony Division and Drug Court Program
Previously assigned for two years each to: Family, VOP, and Felony Trial Divisions.
Florida House of Representatives, District 64, Elected 2002-2006
Recipient of numerous awards and honors including Freshman Legislator of the Year
Shelby Medina and Stargel, Partner, Lakeland, FL 2004-2007
Richland Towers, Inc. and Richland Properties, Inc.
Vice President and General Counsel, Tampa, FL 2000-2004
W.S. Badcock Corporation, Assistant General Counsel, Mulberry, Florida, 1992 - 2000
Tax and Budget Reform Commission
Attorney/Analyst, 1990-1992, Tallahassee, Florida
Florida House of Representatives,
Finance and Taxation Committee Legislative Intern, 1989-90

Professional Memberships and Certifications

The Florida Bar (admitted 1991)
American Bar Association (admitted 1992)
Small Claims Rules Committee (5 years, served as chairman)
Judicial Nominating Committee, Tenth Circuit (6 years, appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush, 2001)
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (admitted 1992)
United States District Court of the Northern District of Florida (admitted 1992)
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (admitted 1996)
Certified County Court Mediator (1989)
Certified Arbitrator (1997)
Certified Circuit Court Mediator (2004)

Judicial Appointments and Service

Trial Court Budget Commission (2013-present) (appointed by Chief Justice)
Legislative Chair, Circuit Judges Conferences (appointed by previous 4 chairs) (2009-present)
Executive Committee, Circuit Judges Conference (2009-present)
Judicial Branch Long Range Strategic Workgroup (2014-2016) (appointed by Chief Justice)

Community Service

Camp Gilead, Polk City, Board Member (19 years)
Heritage Baptist Church, Lakeland
Board of Deacons (13 years), Polk Education Foundation, Board Member
CBM Ministries National Board
The Schools of McKeel Academy, Board of Directors
Bartow Kiwanis Club


Mailing Address
P.O. Box 9000
Drawer J157
Bartow, FL 33831-9000


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