T. Terrell Sessums

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Thomas Terrell Sessums
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Chairman of the Florida Board of Regents
In office
1979–1988
Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
In office
1972–1974
Preceded by Richard A. Pettigrew
Succeeded by Donald L. Tucker
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 65th district
In office
1963–1972
Preceded by Constitutional revision
Succeeded by Decennial Redistricting
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 66th district
In office
1972–1974
Preceded by Decennial Redistricting
Succeeded by H. Lee Moffitt
Personal details
Born (1930-06-11) June 11, 1930 (age 86)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Neva; 3 children
Alma mater University of Florida (B.A.)
(J.D.)
Profession Lawyer
Religion Methodist

Thomas Terrell Sessums (born June 11, 1930) was the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives from 1972-1974. Mr Sessums went on to a life of leadership and public service.

Early life[edit]

Thomas Terrell Sessums was born June 11, 1930 in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. He was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and then moved with his family to Tampa, Florida, after he started college.

Education[edit]

Sessums graduated from the University of Florida with his bachelor's degree and Juris Doctorate and began his law practice in Tampa. While at the University of Florida Mr. Sessums was president of the student body (1952–1953) and member of Florida Blue Key.

Politics[edit]

He served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1963 - 1974. During the 1972-74 session he served as Speaker of the House.[1] He was also Chairman of the Florida Board of Regents, and is serving on the Board of Governors for Florida Southern College[1]. He also served as president of the board of trustees at the University of Tampa.

Later years[edit]

Sessums has received four honorary degrees (Rollins College, Flagler College, the University of South Florida, and Florida Southern College), and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities.

On June 7, 2013, T. Terrell Sessums was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County, Florida.

Mr. Sessums resides Tampa. His wife Neva Sessums died on April 19, 2013.

Legacy[edit]

T. Terrell Sessums Elementary School in Riverview, Florida, was named in his honor when it opened in 2003.

In 1965 Terrell Sessums introduced a bill into the Florida Legislature which created the Tampa Sports Authority and which led to the building of the original Tampa Stadium.

In 1967 Terrell Sessums introduced legislation which formed by Special Act the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County.

In 2009 Terrell Sessums was honored by having a Tampa Bay Environmental Excellence Award named after him. Subsequently, there have been 4 winners of the Terrell Sessums Environmental Award.

Sessums Mall on the campus of the University of South Florida was dedicated in 1999.

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