TEXAS SUPREME COURT

Place 3

Other Candidates for This Office: Kathie Glass (L) Rodolfo Muñoz (G)

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Mike J. Westergren
(D) – Corpus Christi

Debra Lehrmann | Texas Supreme Court

Debra A. Lehrmann*
(R) – Fort Worth

PARTY AFFILIATION
Democrat
Republican
CURRENT OCCUPATION

Attorney
Private Practice

Justice
Texas Supreme Court
Place 3

UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

B.A. (with honors)
University of Texas
1979

JURIS DOCTOR

Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
University Of Texas
1970

Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
University of Texas School of Law
1982

Candidate for L.L.M.
Duke University School of Law

YEAR OF STATE BAR LICENSURE
1970
1983
JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE – APPELLATE
  • Texas Supreme Court, 6 years
JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE – OTHER
  • 214th District Judge (former)
    • Appointed 1984
    • Reelected 4 times
  • Nueces County Attorney (former)
  • Justice of the Peace (former)
  • District Judge, 360th District Court in Fort Worth
  • Family law judge in Tarrant county 23 years
LEGAL EXPERIENCE – NONJUDICIAL
  • Practiced law with Law, Snakard & Gambill in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Handled complex family law matters, including property divisions involving intellectual property, real estate, corporations and other business entities, mergers and acquisitions, securities, oil and gas, tax, torts, and other highly technical matters
  • Handled a broad scope of child and other family related matters including child protection and domestic violence
  • Lead Prosecutor and Director of the Enforcement Division of the Tarrant County Domestic Relations Office
  • Author, Texas Annotated Family Code
  • Author, Court Appointed Representation of  Children 
ADMITTED
  • US Supreme Court
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • All Texas state courts
  • U.S. District for the Northern District of Texas
JUDICAL/LEGAL HONORS
  • Judge Eva Barnes Award (2009)
  • Judge Scott Moore Court Appointed Special Advocate Award (2005)
  • Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Bar Journal Article Award (2003)
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Tarrant County (1990)
  • Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court
  • Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court (Past President)
PRIOR ELECTION(S) RESULTS

1998 General Election
Texas Supreme Court, Place 1
Lost 58.18%/41.82% to Craig T. Enoch

2010 Texas General Election
Texas State Supreme Court, Place 3
59.41% to 36.24%

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS
1,042 of 5,464 (19%)
2,531 of 5,464 (46%)
KEY ENDORSEMENTS
  • Texas Civil Justice League PAC
  • 12 former Supreme Court Justices, including the 2 prior Chief Justices
  • State Senator Donna Campbell
  • State Senator Jane Nelson
  • U.S. Rep. Roger Williams
  • U.S. Rep. Ken Marchant
  • Independent Bankers Association of Texas FED PAC
  • Texas Association of Builders
  • South Texans’ Property Rights Association
  • Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association PAC
  • Texas Apartment Association PAC
  • Texas Land Title Association PAC
  • Pro-life organizations, including Texas Alliance for Life PAC
  • 23 SREC members
  • Hundreds of Texas Federation of Republican Women members and precinct chairs.  http://75.103.78.169/wp/endorsements/
JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY
A committed conservative, strong supporter of tort reform, strict textualist who never legislates from the bench and scholarly jurist, she takes her oath to strictly and conscientiously apply the law in a methodical manner very seriously.  Consistent with her study under Justices Scalia and Alito at Duke Law, her record evidences this philosophy.  She has repeatedly written, plain language of the text is determinative:  “Legislative intent is best revealed in legislative language: ‘Where text is clear, text is determinative.’ … the truest measure of what it intended is what it enacted … This text-based approach requires us to study the language of the specific section at issue, as well as the statute as a whole.” (OAG).When endorsing, 12 Supreme Court Justices said: “As former members of the … Court …, we are vitally interested in a strong and respected … Court.  We know and admire Justice Lehrmann, and are unanimous in our support for this talented jurist.  Texans deserve to retain a justice with impeccable credentials and unwavering devotion to the administration of justice.”  Demonstrative of the respect her conservative colleagues have for her judicial philosophy: all other members of the Court have joined her majority opinions over 90% of the time.  Because of her faithful application of these principles, she was chosen by Justice Scalia’s co-author to edit his upcoming book.  And last June, George Will opined that judges who join the types of opinions that Justice Lehrmann has joined deserve promotion to the United States Supreme Court. 1
FOOTNOTES

1 “The next Republican president should ask this of potential court nominees: Do you agree that Lochner correctly reflected the U.S. natural rights tradition and the Ninth and 14th amendments’ affirmation of unenumerated rights? To his first nominee, however, this president should simply say, “Welcome to Washington, Justice Willett.” “(George Will,Washington Post, July 10, 2015
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/110-years-and-still-going-strong/2015/07/10/f30bfe10-2662-11e5-aae2-6c4f59b050aa_story.html)

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