2018

2018

Tenth Court of Appeals, Place 12

Chief Justice




Uncontested Race
(No Opponent)




Tom Gray*
(Republican)



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Re-Elect Chief Justice Tom Gray
2901 Lake Shore Drive, Suite 405
Waco, Texas 76708
(254) 744-5013
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CURRENT OCCUPATION




Chief Justice, 10th Court of Appeals
since 2003
Justice on this court since 1999



UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR




BBA, Sam Houston State University
1978 (with honors)

MBA, Accounting
Texas A&M University
1979



JURIS DOCTOR




Baylor University School of Law
1985 (with honors)



YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE




1985



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE




  • Chief Justice, 10th Court of Appeals (since 2003)
  • Justice, 10th Court of Appeals (since 1999)


JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER




  • Municipal Court Judge, City of Rice (Appointed 1998, 1-year)


LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL




  • Attorney, Dawson & Sodd [Corsicana] (1985-88)
  • Attorney, Fulbright & Jaworsk (international law firm, Dallas] (1988-98)

13 years private practice experience in a wide range of cases including business litigation, estate litigation, condemnation, personal injury, wrongful employment termination and malpractice representing both plaintiffs and defendants.



BOARD CERTIFICATIONS




None sought



COURTS ADMITTED TO








HONORS & AWARDS








PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS




2018 Texas Republican Party Primary Election
Chief Justice, 10th Court of Appeals District
100%; unopposed

2012 Texas General Election
Chief Justice, 10th Court of Appeals District
100%; unopposed

2012 Texas Republican Party Primary Election
Chief Justice, 10th Court of Appeals District
52.27% v. Steve Smith (R)

2006 Texas General Election
Chief Justice, 10th Court of Appeals District
100%; unopposed

2006 Texas Republican Party Primary Election
Chief Justice, 10th Court of Appeals District
100%; unopposed

1998 Texas General Election
Justice, 10th Court of Appeals District
50.87% v. Katherine Logue O'Herren (D)

1998 Texas Republican Party Primary Election
Chief Justice, 10th Court of Appeals District
65.75% v. Bill Vannatta (R)



MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS








KEY ENDORSEMENTS








JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY




Tom is a conservative Republican who has worked to improve the efficiency and speed of the judicial process without abandoning common sense or well-reasoned decisions. He believes in “judicial restraint.” He feels that judges should follow the law, not legislate from the bench. He believes in the constitutionally guaranteed rights of those accused of crimes, but also recognizes the rights of the State and the victims of crimes as well.

Tom believes that all persons have the right to have their legitimate complaints resolved in a system of justice which has procedures and rules designed to efficiently discover the truth and to have the disputed facts decided by a jury. However, no person has the right to use the judicial system as a means to coerce a settlement through a wholly frivolous lawsuit. To Tom, "equal protection under the law" is more than just a nice sounding slogan because it is the touchstone of
a judicial system that is consistent and that does not give special favor based on status or position.


  • First Republican ever elected to 10th Court of Appeals in an open seat contested election
  • Member, Supreme Court Advisory Committee (2003-present)
  • CPA, Deloitte Haskins & Sells (1980-83); 3 years experience auditing, accounting and consulting experience with a “Big Eight” international accounting firm
  • Tom is responsible for the office and financial management of the Court which is the "business" side of the Court


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Last Updated:

5/8/18


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