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Terrance Ketchel

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Terrance Ketchel
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Current Court Information:
Florida First Circuit Court
Title:   Judge
Position:   Group 15
Active:   01/19/2007 - 01/2019
Past position:   Managing Partner, Ketchel & Lester
Past term:   1988 - 2006
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Duke University, 1977
Law School:   University of Florida School of Law, 1981
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  First Circuit Court
State:  Florida
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  August 14, 2012
Primary vote:  62.9%ApprovedA
Election vote:  ApprovedA

Terrance Ketchel is a judge of the First Circuit Court in Okaloosa County, Florida. He was elected to this position in November of 2006 to replace retired Judge Jere Tolton. Ketchel was sworn in to office on January 19, 2007, was re-elected in 2012, and his current term expires in January of 2019.[1][2][3]

2012 election

Ketchel was re-elected in the primary on August 14, 2012, defeating challenger Thomas Murphy with 62.9% of the vote.[3][4][5][6]

See also: Florida judicial elections, 2012


Ketchel attended Duke University on a full football scholarship and graduated from that school in 1977. He then received his law degree from the University of Florida School of Law in 1981.[7]


Ketchel began his career as the legislative director for Congressman Guy Vander Jagt. After four years, he joined the law firm of Sparber, Shevin, Shapo and Heilbronner and opened their Washington, D.C. branch. He worked as senior attorney at that office until 1987, when he returned to Florida. There he opened a branch of the law firm of Burnham, Connelly, Oesterle & Henry. He then started his own law firm, Ketchel & Lester, in 1988, where he practiced until his election to the circuit court in 2006.[7]

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