Terry Reed Spencer was born March 19, 1960, to Reed and Jean Spencer, who now live in West Point, Utah. Terry was the first of three children. As a child, his parents called him “Busy” because he was always doing something or looking for something to do. As a teenager, Terry was (and is) active in his Church and in Scouting. In 1975, Terry obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.
After graduating from Bonneville High School in 1978, Terry went on to graduate from Dixie College in Architectural Drafting (1979), then on to Utah State where he received a B.S. in Political Science (1982), a M.S. in Economics (1984), and a Ph.D. in Economics (1991). From 1984 to 1988, Terry worked as an Economist or Financial Analyst for various governmental and private organizations (the United States Senate Banking Committee and the Department of Defense and Lockheed Aerospace).
In 1988, Terry made a career change and went to law school at Brigham Young University where he graduated in 1991. After working for one large California law firm and one small Salt Lake law firm, Terry partnered with a team to create his own firm. For the past 18 years, Terry has represented clients in more than 5,000 legal matters, taking approximately 800 of those matters to trial.
In 1998, Terry ran for and was elected to the Utah State Senate from Davis County where he spent the next four years fighting for the issues important to his Davis County constituents, such as keeping high level nuclear waste out of the State of Utah, and removing dozens of obsolete laws from the books. Terry believes that the government which governs the least “can” govern the best, while leaving most choices to families and individuals rather than government.
Terry has been married to Sharon Spencer for the past 30 years and they are the parents of four children: William (age 21), Michael (age 19), Jon (age 16), and Alexis (age 14). Terry and Sharon have lived in Syracuse for the past eleven years. Terry and Sharon lived in Layton for ten years before moving to Syracuse.