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2020
Texas Eleventh Court of Appeals
Place 3




Candidate
(Democrat)




Keith Stretcher*
(Republican)




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CURRENT OCCUPATION




Justice, Eleventh Court of Appeals
Place 3
Since 2019






UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR





B.S., [degree unknown]
East Texas State University
summa cum laude
1976






JURIS DOCTOR




Texas Tech University School of Law
1981






YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE




1982






JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE




Justice, Eleventh Court of Appeals
Place 3
Since 2019






JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER











LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL


    • 1992-2015: Midland City Attorney
    • 1991-92: City Attorney, City of Sugarland
    • 1989-92: Assistant City Manager, City of Midland
    • 1985-89: First Assistant City Attorney, Midland City Attorney’s office
    • 1983-85: Assistant City Attorney, Midland City Attorney’s office



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      COURTS ADMITTED TO


        • All Texas state courts
        • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
        • U.S. Dist. Court, Northern District of Texas
        • U.S. Dist. Court, Western District of Texas



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                      JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY




                      I am a strict constructionist and believe the rule of law requires consistency. A judge must look at the meaning of the words and how the people understood them at the time they were written. In my opinion, the words are as meaningful today as when they were written.

                      Judges should apply the law as written and not re-write the law based on their personal preferences or beliefs. They should interpret the law and never legislate from the bench. Elected representatives enact laws and have the authority to change those laws through the legislative process. The process to change a law may be time-consuming but a judge should never short circuit the democratic process by removing the decision from the branches of government constitutionally authorized to address those issues after receiving input form their constituents. There are times when this constitutional pattern is ignored and law is created by judges. This happens when activist judges impose their own will on the people and the other branches of government. I will not be an activist judge.

                      Judges will not always like the results they reach in their opinions. They may think that the system or a particular piece of legislation could be made better. However, a judge must not step in to make a political issue a legal issue. The legislative and executive branches must be allowed to perform their roles under the Constitution. A court is not to micromanage the other branches of government but must always remember that all three branches are equal.

                      I do not think the Texas Constitution or the United States Constitution are “living, breathing documents.” All that phrase means is that a majority of judges on a court can change the law based on their own personal preferences. This erodes public confidence in the judiciary and leads to decisions based solely on which judges are hearing a case. No individual or institution is above the law and judges must not make things up as they go along. The people of Texas deserve consistency in the rulings from the Courts and the rulings should be based on the plain language of the law. The phrase “living, breathing document” does not allow the people to know what the document means because there will be no consistency in its interpretation. Words have a fixed meaning that govern our society and we call that the “rule of law.” 1






                      OTHER INFORMATION


                        • AV Preeiminent rating, Martindale-Hubbard (2019)
                        • President, Texas City Attorney’s Association [former]
                        • Vice Chairman, Midland Development Corporation [former]
                        • Member, Midland Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee
                        • Governmental Affairs Board, Midland Chamber of Commerce
                        • Executive Committee, Midland Chamber of Commerce



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                          25 April 2019





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