Lon Arend to become 12th Circuit judge


Lon S. Arend will be the next judge on the 12th Judicial Circuit bench for DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Gov. Rick Scott‘s office announced the pick Wednesday.

Arend, 46, of Palmetto, is the circuit’s chief assistant state attorney, or top deputy prosecutor, having joined that office in 1995.

“During his time with the State Attorney’s Office, Arend has served in numerous capacities including deputy chief assistant state attorney, homicide division chief, and felony division chief,” a press release said.

Arend got his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a law degree from the University of Florida.

He replaces Judge Scott M. Brownell.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected]


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