2018

2018
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Third Court of Appeals, Place 5




Thomas J. Baker
(Democrat)




David Puryear*
(Republican)



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CAMPAIGN CONTACT

(254) 773-0205
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David Puryear Campaign
1609 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 203
Austin, Texas 78701
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CURRENT OCCUPATION

Attorney, Baker & Tisdale PLLC
Private practice, Bell County, Texas, and Central Texas


Justice, Texas Third Court of Appeals
Place 5



UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

B.J., Journalism
University of Texas at Austin
1979

B.A., Government
University of Texas at Austin
1980


B.S.E., Southwestern University
1978



JURIS DOCTOR

University of Houston Law Center
1983


Texas Tech School of Law
1983



YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE

1984


1983



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE




Justice Puryear is the senior justice on the Third Court and began serving on the court in January of 2001. During his tenure on the court, he has authored well over 2500 opinions. Justice Puryear led all Texas appellate court justices in total opinion production in 2015 and 2016, issuing some 220 opinions in 2016.



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER




Justice Puryear served as Judge of County Court at Law #6 in Travis County from 1991-1998. He also served as a Travis County justice of the peace in 1988.



LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL

  • Baker & Tisdale PLLC (2015-present)
  • Private practice (1995-present)
    • Killeen, Harker Heights, Temple and Belton, Texas
  • Assistant Bee County Attorney (1991-94)
  • Private practice; Beeville, Texas (1991-94)
  • U.S. Naval Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s Corps (1984-1991)
  • Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island (1984)

Justice Puryear began his legal career in 1983 with the Travis County Attorney's Office, where he started as a misdemeanor prosecutor. He worked his way up through the organization, eventually serving as First Assistant from 1987-1990. Puryear also served as Deputy Director of the Special Crimes Division under (then) Texas Attorney General John Cornyn from 1999-2000, where he supervised lawyers in the prosecution of various felony offenses.



BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

Family Law
2010


None sought



COURTS ADMITTED TO

  • State Bar of Texas (1984)
  • US. Dist. Court, Western Dist. of Texas (1995)
  • US. Dist. Court, Southern Dist. of Texas (1986)
  • Article 27(b) certified to practice in military courts (1984)

Justice Puryear is admitted to practice in the courts of Texas.



HONORS & AWARDS

2 x Navy Commendation Medal (JAG Corps)


Justice Puryear ranked 1st in total opinion production among all Texas appellate court justices in both 2015 and 2016.



PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS




2018 Texas Republican Party Primary Election
Third Court of Appeals, Place 5
100%; unopposed

2012 Texas General Election
Third Court of Appeals, Place 5
51.97% v. Karen L. Watkins (D)

2006 Texas Texas General Election
Third Court of Appeals, Place 5
52.26% v. Mina A. Brees (D)

2000 Texas Texas General Election
Third Court of Appeals, Place 5
51.66% v. Woodie Jones* (D)



MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS

389 of 1,073 votes
36.25%


684 of 1,073 votes
63.75%



KEY ENDORSEMENTS




  • Austin Police Association PAC
  • Texas Alliance for Life
  • Texas Association of Builders HOMEPAC
  • Texas Civil Justice League
  • Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND
  • Texas Medical Association TEXPAC
  • Texans for Lawsuit Reform
  • Travis County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association


JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY

I believe all judges at all levels should treat all litigants and their counsel with courtesy, respect and dignity at all times in written and spoken communications, even when patience is tried.

All with cases before the court should be treated equally under the law regardless of race, color, creed, gender or sexual orientation. Judges should know or learn the law and apply the law to the evidence of the case before the court. Judges should be fair and impartial at all times. If the Judge cannot be fair or there is any appearance that the Judge may not be fair, the Judge should recuse himself or herself from hearing the matter. Though Judges run in partisan political parties, the party affiliation or political philosophy of being conservative or liberal should not enter into any decision before the court.


Justice Puryear is a proven conservative who understands that judges should interpret and apply the law, not legislate from the bench. Puryear is firmly committed to the rule of law and his decisions are guided by law and fact, rather than by personal opinion or policy considerations.



INFORMATION APPROVED BY CANDIDATE ON:
3/5/2018
10/3/2018

LAST UPDATED:
10/3/2018
10/3/2018

*Information gathered from various public sources, and may not yet be approved by the candidate.
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