During his two decades of service, Spencer’s assignments included tours of duty in Alaska, a six-month combat deployment to the Middle East enforcing UN sanctions against Iraq, and service in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. He was selected for the prestigious Judge Advocate General Program (JAG) and attended the University of Miami School of Law on a military scholarship. His most recent assignment as a JAG was representing returning soldiers and sailors injured in the line of duty to ensure they received the medical care they deserved.
Spencer grew up in a proud blue-collar household, working with his father and uncles in a 4th-generation family-owned plumbing company. From an early age, he gained an appreciation for the trades and an unwavering belief that a superior personal work ethic is the great equalizer in pursuit of upward mobility.
Spencer was inducted into the FGCU Soaring Eagles Distinguished Alumni Association and was profiled in National Jurist magazine in 2009.
He has been twice presented with Legislative Tributes from the Florida House of Representatives, in 2004 for his volunteer efforts with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of SW Florida, and again in 2016 to commemorate his retirement from the Coast Guard.
Spencer has always had a passion for public service, and after retiring from the Coast Guard he served as the District Director for Congressman Francis Rooney, who represents most of Lee and Collier Counties. He is a certified ESL teacher and has been active in a variety of volunteer work for well over a decade, although his passion is helping children in foster care. While in law school, Spencer managed a program that provided Financial Literacy classes to children aging out of foster care, and currently he serves as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in the 20th Judicial Circuit.
Spencer is an avid scuba diver and has traveled extensively all over the world with a focus on Central and South America.