2018

2018

Third Court of Appeals, Place 6




Gisela Triana
(Democrat)




Donna Davidson
(Republican)




Michael "Mike" Toth
(Republican)



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CAMPAIGN CONTACT

Judge Gisela Triana Campaign
P.O. Box 302012
Austin, Texas 78703
Email


Donna García Davidson Campaign
P.O. Box 12131, Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 775-7625
Email


Mike Toth Campaign
508 W. 14th Street
Austin, Texas 78767
Email



CURRENT OCCUPATION

Judge, 200th Civil District Court
Since 2005


Attorney & Ethics Advisor


Special Counsel
Texas Attorney General's Office



UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

B.A., UT-San Antonio
1985


Bachelor of Journalism
University of Texas at Austin
1981


B.A., History
Stanford University
2001

M.A., History
University of Virginia
2006



JURIS DOCTOR

University of Texas Law School
1988


University of Texas School of Law
1992


University of Virginia
2006



YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE

1988


1992


Texas (2016)
New York (2007)



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE











JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER

  • Judge, 200th Civil District Court (2005-present)
  • Judge, Travis County Court at Law #5 (2000-04)
  • Judge, Austin Municipal Court
  • Travis County Justice of the Peace #5








LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL

  • Trial Division Director, Travis County Attorney’s Office
  • Prosecutor, Travis County Attorney’s Office
  • Staff Attorney, Election Division, Texas Secretary of State

  • Donna G. Davidson Law Firm (since 2009)
  • General Counsel, Republican Party of Texas
  • Deputy General Counsel, Governor Rick Perry
  • General Counsel, Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry
  • Assistant General Counsel and Ethics Advisor, Governor George W. Bush
  • Assistant General Counsel, Commissioner of Agriculture Rick Perry
  • Legislative Staff Member, Texas House of Representatives
  • Of Counsel, Potts & Reilly, LLP

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Edith H. Jones, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Ursula Ungaro, Southern Dist. of Florida
  • Military Attorney, United States Marine Corps
  • Senior Counsel for Special Litigation, Texas Attorney General's Office
  • Special Counsel to the First Assistant Attorney General, Texas Attorney General's Office
  • Constitutional Law Fellow, Stanford Law School
  • Associate, Drinker Biddle & Reath


BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

None sought


None sought


None sought



COURTS ADMITTED TO

  • U.S. Dist. Court, Western Dist. of Texas

  • Texas (all state courts)
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Western Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • Texas (all state courts)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Northern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Southern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Eastern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Western Dist. of Texas
  • Texas Supreme Court


HONORS & AWARDS

  • Delegate, 2012 Republican National Convention
  • Alternate Delegate, 2008 Republican National Convention

  • Steering Committee, Austin Lawyers Chapter, Federalist Society
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Letter (2x)


PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS

2016 Texas General Election
District Judge, 200th Judicial District
100%; unopposed

2012 Texas General Election
District Judge, 200th Judicial District
100%; unopposed

2008 Texas General Election
District Judge, 200th Judicial District
100%; unopposed

2004 Texas General Election
District Judge, 200th Judicial District
100%; unopposed

2002 Travis County Joint General Election
Judge, County Court at Law No. 5
100%; unopposed

2000 Travis County General Election
Judge, County Court at Law No. 5
58.48% v. Grant Goodwing (R)









MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS

649 of 1,116 votes
58.15%


92 of 1,116 votes
8.2%


87 of 1,116 votes
7.8%



KEY ENDORSEMENTS

  • Former Governor Rick Perry
  • Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar
  • Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller
  • Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian
  • Senator Brian Birdwell
  • State Representative Larry Gonzales
  • George Antuna, Hispanic Republicans of Texas Co-Founder
  • Texas Alliance for Life
  • Central Texas Republican Assembly
  • Young Conservatives of Texas

  • Ken Paxton, Attorney General
  • Lamar Smith, US Congressman
  • Matt Rinaldi, Texas State Representative
  • Tom Oliverson, Texas State Representative
  • Matt Schaefer, Texas State Representative
  • Scott Brister, Former Texas Supreme Court Justice
  • Empower Texans
  • Texas Values
  • Texas Right to Life
  • Grassroots America: We the People


JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY

I am a conservative who believes in the rule of law, judicial restraint, and the strict interpretation of the Texas and United States Constitutions.

As a conservative, I believe the foundation of western jurisprudence is deeply rooted in Judeo-Christian principles. The Mosaic Law set in motion a complete understanding of human nature and how we relate to each other and to God. It is from this understanding that our morals, ethics and laws are conserved.

Our system of written laws captures the enduring nature of these conservative principles and implements them. The rule of law holds that these laws have value because they are built upon solid principles and reasoning and are worth conserving. The rule of law encapsulates the basic nature of our customs, habits, values, morals and laws that we value as a culture and society.

Laws are to be written and produced by the legislature, executed and carried out by the governor or president, and interpreted or applied by the judiciary. Belief in the rule of law strictly prohibits the creation of laws by fiat or outside of this chain of checks and balances.

There are times when this basic constitutional pattern is ignored and law is created by fiat. This can happen by activist judges imposing their own will on the people or by unelected governmental agency bureaucrats expanding the powers of the administrative state.

As justice Scalia put it, the courts are making an “amazing amount of decisions that ought to be made by the people.”


The role of the judge is to apply the law as it is written. Judges should begin with the text and carefully consider what the authors of the law actually said. They should avoid speculating about legislative intent. They should also resist cherry picking the legislative history to justify the outcome that they favor. Our elected representatives speak through the laws they pass. The words that our lawmakers use mean something. Judges should interpret the law consistent with how the public understood the meaning of the words at the time that the law passed. Through their elected representatives, the people have the right to change the law. Judges should not assume this power. They should instead respect the separation of powers, and understand that dividing authority into different branches of government helps to protect civil liberties. Judges should write clear and concise opinions. A test of a good judge is if the citizens affected by the judge's rulings understand why the case turned out the way it did. Judges must always remember that we are a nation of laws, and theirs is the solemn duty to say what the law is, not what they wish it to be.



OTHER INFORMATION

  • First female Hispanic elected to a District Court in Travis County

Donna has lived in the Third Judicial District in Travis, Williamson, and Lee Counties for the last 38 years. She is currently a member of All Saints Presbyterian Church (PCA) and enjoys singing in our church choir. She is married to Greg Davidson and they will celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary in March. They are the proud parents of a 16-year-old daughter, now a sophomore who placed tenth in state in golf last year.



INFORMATION APPROVED BY CANDIDATE ON:

Sourced from public information


2/28/2018


1/30/2018



Last Updated:

3/3/18


3/3/18


3/3/18


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