2018

2018
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Third Court of Appeals, Place 6




Gisela Triana
(Democrat)




Michael "Mike" Toth*
(Republican)



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CAMPAIGN CONTACT

Judge Gisela Triana Campaign
P.O. Box 302012
Austin, Texas 78703
(512) 915-1013
Email


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



CURRENT OCCUPATION

Judge, 200th Civil District Court
since 2005


Justice, Third Court of Appeals
Place 6
since 2018



UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

B.A., UT-San Antonio
magna cum laude
1985


B.A., History
Stanford University
magna cum laude, 2001

M.A., History
University of Virginia
2006



JURIS DOCTOR

University of Texas School of Law
1988


University of Virginia
2006



YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE

1988


Texas (2016)
New York (2007)



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE




Justice, Third Court of Appeals
Place 6



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
  • Hanko & Triana Law Firm

  • Senior Counsel, Dykema Cox Smith
  • Special Counsel to the First Assistant Attorney General, Texas Attorney General's Office
  • Senior Counsel for Special Litigation, Texas Attorney General's Office
  • Reserve Staff Judge Advocate, Marine Forces South
  • Military Law Instructor, Judge Advocate Division
  • Constitutional Law Fellow, Stanford Law School
  • Associate, Drinker Biddle & Reath
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Edith H. Jones, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Ursula Ungaro, Southern District of Florida


BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

None sought


None sought



COURTS ADMITTED TO

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

  • 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

  • Steering Committee, Austin Lawyers Chapter, Federalist Society
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3x)


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)


2018 Texas Republican Primary Runoff
52.83% v. Donna Davidson (R)

2018 Texas Republican Primary Election
39.15% (4-way race)



MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS

649 of 1,116 votes
58.15%


87 of 1,116 votes
7.8%



KEY ENDORSEMENTS

  • Governor Greg Abbott (Former Texas Supreme Court Justice)
  • U.S. Senator John Cornyn (Former Texas Supreme Court Justice)
  • Attorney General Ken Paxton
  • Lamar Smith, US Congressman (Former House Judiciary Committee Chairman)
  • Former Supreme Court of Texas Justice Dale Wainwright
  • Former Supreme Court of Texas Chief Justice Tom Phillips
  • Former Supreme Court of Texas Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson
  • Former Supreme Court of Texas Justice Scott Brister
  • Former Supreme Court of Texas Justice Raul Gonzalez
  • Former Third Court of Appeals Justice Alan Waldrop
  • Texas Municipal Police Association
  • Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
  • Texas Civil Justice League
  • Texans for Lawsuit Reform


JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY

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


Major in the United States Marine Corps, currently serving in the reserves.



INFORMATION APPROVED BY CANDIDATE ON:

5/15/18


10/3/18



Last Updated:

5/15/18


10/3/18


*Information gathered from various public sources, and may not yet be approved by the candidate.
Please send any corrections to info@tcjl.com

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