Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2

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Mary Lou Keel
(R - Houston)

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Current OccupationTexas Court of Criminal Appeals
Since 2016
Years of Texas Residency
JD School & YearUniversity of Houston
Other EducationB.A., English
University of Texas
Year of State Bar Licensure1985
Legal Experience - Nonjudicial
  • Trial Prosecutor, Harris County District Attorney’s Office
  • Briefing Attorney, 1ST Court of Appeals in Houston (1985-1986)
  • Harris County assistant district attorney at trial and on appeal (1986-1994)
  • Represented the State in 279 criminal appeals, including five death penalty cases
  • Former Committee Member, Houston Bar Association Bench-Bar Pro Bono Awards Committee
  • Former Board Member, Texas Center for Adoloscent Rehabilitation and Education
  • Volunteer judge for the Family Law Evening Court project
  • Interpreter for the Houston Volunteer Lawyer Project
Jury Trial Experience
Appellate Judicial Experience
Other Judicial Experience
  • Felony trial court judge for 21 years
  • Re-elected 5 times
  • Wiretap Judge, Second Judicial Administrative Region since 2009
Board Certifications
  •  Criminal Law (since 1990)
Courts AdmittedAll Texas courts
Honors and Awards
Prior Elections

2016 Republican Primary Runoff
Justice, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2
Won 50.87% against Ray Wheless (49.13%)
Primary Runoff win

2016 Republican Primary
Justice, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2
Won 39.42% against Ray Wheless (35.43%)
Resulted in Primary Runoff

2010 General Election
Judge, 232nd Judicial District
56.75%  to 43.25% win against (D) opponent Greg Glass

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  • Texas Alliance for Life
  • Conservative Republicans of Texas
  • Conservative Republicans of Harris County
  • Texas Patriots PAC
  • Houston Police Officers’ Union PAC
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Date Submitted by CandidateData gathered from public sources and/or previous profiles.

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