The U.S., Texas, Williamson County, and Municipal Judicial Systems

U.S., Texas, Williamson County, and municipal judicial officials are elected, or sometimes appointed to represent us in federal, state, county, and municipal courts. This list has the contact information, salary (if any) for the position, and the term ending. It will also list Democratic candidates who have filed for the position.

Federal Judicial System


Federal Court System

United States Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justices are appointed by the President of the United States when there is a vacancy. The Senate votes to confirm the nominee, which requires a simple majority. They serve a life tenure.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is a federal appellate court with appellate jurisdiction. It hears appeals from the circuit courts within its jurisdiction and its rulings may be appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Appeals are heard in the John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Federal circuit court judges are appointed by the president for life. There are 16 active judges (4 Democrats, 12 Republicans), and there are 10 Senior Judges (semi-retired) of which 3 are Democrats, and 7 are Republicans. The Senate votes to confirm the nominee, which requires a simple majority. They are paid approximately $179,500 annually.

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United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas has jurisdiction over Williamson County. Williamson County is in the Austin Division of the Western District.

Texas Federal Courts District Map

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Judges are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by a majority of the U.S. Senate.

Appeals from the Western District go to the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Texas Federal Courts District Map code




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Texas Judicial System

court of appeals districts map

To understand the Texas Judicial System, view this chart: www.txcourts.gov/media



Texas Supreme Court

The Texas Supreme Court is the state's court of last resort for civil matters. The court has nine justices. The Chief Justice makes $171,000. Associate Justices make $168,000.

There is a partisan election of justices, but nearly all of them were originally appointed to their courts by the governor. When a vacancy occurs, the governor may appoint a Justice, subject to Senate confirmation, to serve the remainder of an unexpired term until the next general election.

Supreme Court Justices are elected to staggered terms of 6 years in statewide elections.

As of June 2021, all eight justices on the court identified with the Republican Party.

Supreme Court Building
201 W. 14th Street, Room 104
Austin, Texas 78701

Mailing Address:
Supreme Court of Texas
PO Box 12248
Austin, Texas 78711

(512) 463-1312

Nathan Hecht (Republican Party) is is the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court (Place 1). He assumed office on October 1, 2013. His current term expires on December 31, 2026.
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Jimmy Blacklock (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 2 of the Texas Supreme Court. He assumed office on January 2, 2018. His current term expires on December 31, 2024.
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Debra Lehrmann (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 3 of the Texas Supreme Court. She assumed office on June 21, 2010. Her current term expires on December 31, 2026.
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John Devine (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 4 of the Texas Supreme Court. He assumed office on January 1, 2013. Term expires on December 31, 2024.
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Rebeca Huddle (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 5 of the Texas Supreme Court. She assumed office on October 30, 2020. Her current term expires on December 31, 2026.
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Jane Bland (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 6 of the Texas Supreme Court. Her current term expires on December 31, 2024.
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Jeffrey S. Boyd (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 7 of the Texas Supreme Court. He was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2012. His current term expires on December 31, 2026.
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Brett Busby (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 8 of the Texas Supreme Court. He was appointed March 20, 2019 by Gov. Greg Abbott. His current term expires on December 31, 2026.
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Evan Young, (Republican Party) is the justice for Place 9 of the Texas Supreme Court. He was appointed on November 9, 2021. The term expires on December 31, 2028.
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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is the state's court of last resort for criminal matters and has nine judges. The current chief of the court is Sharon Keller.

The court is composed of a presiding judge and eight judges. Each judge serves a six-year term. They are elected in staggered partisan elections.

The governor may appoint, subject to senate confirmation, a judge to serve out the remainder of any unexpired term until the next general election.
Chief Judge Salary is $187,800 and Associates: $184,800

The address for the court is 201 W 14th St, Austin, TX 78701

www.txcourts.gov/cca/

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Presiding Judge - Sharon Keller - Term expires 2024 - Republican - Salary: $204,600

Place 2 - Mary Lou Keel - Term expires 2028 - Republican - Salary: $201,600

Place 3 - Bert Richardson - Current Term expires 2026 - Republican - Salary: $201,600

Place 4 - Kevin Patrick Yeary - Current Term expires 2026 - Republican - Salary: $184,800

Place 5 - Scott Walker - Term expires 2028 - Republican - Salary: $168,000

Place 6 - Jesse F. McClure III - Term expires 2028 - Republican - Salary $168,000.00

Place 7 - Barbara Hervey - Elected Term expires 2024 - Republican

Place 8 - Michelle Slaughter - Elected Term expires 2024 - Republican

Place 9 - David Newell -Elected Term expires 2026 - Republican



Texas Court of Appeals

There are 14 Courts of Appeals Districts in Texas, with 80 judges.

Williamson County is in the Third Court of Appeals District: ballotpedia.org/Texas_Third_District_Court_of_Appeals. Known as the Third Appellate District of Texas or the Texas Third Court of Appeals The court consists of six judges, one chief justice and five judges, hearing cases from 24 counties. The Third Court of Appeals is an intermediate appellate court that hears all the criminal and civil appeals for 24 counties, with the exception of capital murder cases. Anyone who wants to appeal a Third Court decision goes to the Court of Criminal Appeals (COCA) for criminal cases and to the Texas Supreme Court (TSC) for civil cases.

Price Daniel Sr. Building
209 West 14th Street, Room 101
Austin, Texas 78701

Mailing Address:
Third Court of Appeals
PO Box 12547
Austin, Texas 78711

Telephone: (512) 463-1733

Map of the Court of Appeals Districts in Texas:
court of appeals districts map
Williamson County is in Third Court of Appeals District (the green in the middle). https://libguides.law.ttu.edu/c.php?g=478525&p=3303546

Place 1 - Chief Judge
Darlene Byrne
P O Box 412
Austin Tx 78767
E-Mail: byrnecampaign@gmail.com
Party: Democrat
Occupation: Judge

Place 2 - Edward Smith - Elected in 2019 - Term expires 2024 - Democrat

Place 3 - Chari Kelly - Elected in 2019 - Term expires 2024 – Democrat

Place 4 - Rosa Lopez Theofanis - Elected in 2022 - Term expires 2028 - Democrat

Place 5 - Thomas J. Baker - 2019 - Present - Term expires 2024 – Democrat

Place 6 - Gisela Triana - 2018 - Present - Term expires 2024 – Democrat



Texas Judicial District Courts in Williamson County

District Courts handle: There are 478 district courts in Texas with 478 Judges. 381 districts contain one county, and 97 districts contain more than one county. The 26th, 277th, 368th, 395th, and 425th District Courts are in Williamson County.

District Judges are elected for 4 year terms. Their salary is set by the legislature and the range typically falls between $168,169 and $191,864.

Texas Judicial District 26

Judge: Donna King - Republican
26th District Court Judge
Williamson County Justice Center
405 Martin Luther King Jr St, Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 943-1100
Term expires on December 31, 2024.

Texas Judicial District 277

Judge: Stacey Mathews - Republican
277th District Court Judge
405 Martin Luther King Jr St, Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 943-1277
Current term expires on December 31, 2026.

Texas Judicial District 368

Judge: Rick J. Kennon - Republican
368th District Court Judge
405 M.L.K. Street
Suite 117, Box 8
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 943-1368
Current term expires on December 31, 2026.

Texas Judicial District 395

Judge: Ryan D. Larson - Republican
405 Martin Luther King, Box 15
Georgetown, TX 78626
Office: (512) 943-1395
Current term expires on December 31, 2024

Texas Judicial District 425

Judge: Betsy Lambeth - Republican
405 M.L.K. Street
Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 943-3380
Current term expires on December 31, 2024.



Williamson County Courts

Williamson County Courts at Law

The Williamson County Courts at Law are trial courts in Williamson County, Texas with concurrent jurisdiction over many cases with the district courts and county courts in the county. They are elected to 4-year terms.

County-Level Courts are Constitutional County Courts, Statutory County Courts, and Statutory Probate Courts:
Williamson County, Texas has four Constitutional County Courts at Law:

Judge - County Court at Law No. 1 - Brandy Hallford - Republican
County Court at Law #1
405 M.L.K. Street
Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 943-1200
Term expires on December 31, 2026

Judge - County Court at Law No. 2 - Laura Barker - Republican
405 M.L.K. Street
Georgetown, TX 78626
Main Line: (512) 943-1410
Term expires on December 31, 2026

Judge - County Court at Law No. 3 Doug Arnold - Republican
Williamson County Justice Center
405 Martin Luther King, Box 16
Georgetown, Texas 78626
Phone (512) 943-1160
Term expires on December 31, 2026

Judge - County Court at Law No. 4 John B. McMaster - Republican
County Court at Law #4
405 M.L.K. Street, Box 17
Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 943-1681
Term expires on December 31, 2026


Williamson County Justice of the Peace Courts

Justices in the Justice of the Peace Courts in Texas are elected in partisan elections and serve four-year terms. They are elected in a precinct-wide election.

The justice of the peace presides over the justice court in cases involving misdemeanors, small civil disputes, landlord/tenant disputes and more. They also conduct death inquests and may perform marriage ceremonies. Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 - KT Musselman - Democrat
J.B. and Hallie Jester Annex
1801 E Old Settlers Blvd, Ste 100
Round Rock, Texas, 78664
JP1@wilco.org
Term expires on December 31, 2026

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 - Angela Williams - Republican
Williamson County Cedar Park Annex
350 Discovery Blvd, Ste. 204
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Telephone: (512) 260-4210
Salary $83,714
JP2@wilco.org
Term expires on December 31, 2026

Website: www.wilco.org/jp2

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 - Evelyn McLean - Republican
Georgetown Annex
100 Wilco Way, Suite 204
Georgetown, TX 78626
Telephone: (512) 943-1501
JP3@wilco.org
Term expires on December 31, 2026

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 - Judge Rhonda Redden - Republican
211 W 6th St
Taylor, Texas 76574
Phone: (512) 352-4155
JP4@wilco.org
Term expires on December 31, 2026.


Municipal Courts in Williamson County

In Texas, the rules regarding judges of the Municipal Courts vary by each city's charter. Some of the judges are appointed to a two-year term by the city's governing body, and some compete in partisan elections.

Functions: Cedar Park Municipal Court
City courthouse · 911 Quest Pkwy · Cedar Park · (512) 260-4300
Presiding Judge Joseph Oswald - Republican
Associate Judge Daniel R Gonzalez
www.cedarparktexas.gov/253/Municipal-Court

Leander Municipal Court
Pat Bryson Municipal Hall · 201 N. Brushy Street · Leander, Texas 78641
Presiding Judge Cathy Riedel
Associate Judge Mark Goodner
leandertx.gov/municipalcourt

Liberty Hill Municipal Court
2801 Ranch Rd 1869, Liberty Hill, TX 78642
Presiding Judge Kevin R. Madison
Associate Judge Tracy V. Musch
tx-libertyhill2.civicplus.com/204/Municipal-Court

Round Rock Municipal Court
City courthouse · Round Rock, TX · In Centennial Plaza · (512) 218-5480
Presiding Judge Alan McGraw - Republican
Associate Judge Sandra Fitzpatrick was appointed by City Council June, 2021
Associate Judge Lucas Wilson was appointed by City Council June, 2021

Georgetown Municipal Court
City courthouse · Georgetown, TX · (512) 930-3625
Presiding Judge Randall C. Stump
Associate Judge David W. Scott


Williamson County Attorney

Doyle Hobbs Jr. - Republican
405 Martin Luther King Jr St
Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 943-1111
Salary $153,142
Term expires on December 31, 2024


Williamson County District Attorney

Shawn Dick - Republican
405 M.L.K., Suite 229
Georgetown, Texas 78626
(512) 943-1111
Salary $70,140
Term expires on December 31, 2024


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