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2020 Judicial Comparison
Texas Fifth Court of Appeals
Place 6




Stephen Craig Smith
(Democrat)




David L. Bridges*
(Republican)



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CAMPAIGN CONTACT

Judge Craig Smith Campaign
P.O. Box 130993
Dallas, Texas 75313-0993


David L. Bridges Campaign
P.O. Box 553
Fate, Texas 75132
(214) 729-7173
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CURRENT OCCUPATION

Presiding Judge
192nd Civil District Court
[Dallas County]
2006-present


Justice, Fifth Court of Appeals
Place 6
since 1997



UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

B.B.A., Business Administration
University of Texas
1973


B.S. Political Science and Government
University of Texas at Tyler
1980

Associate's Degree
Tyler Junior College
1978



JURIS DOCTOR

Texas Tech University
School of Law
1976


Texas Texas Tech University
School of Law
1984



YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE

1977


1984



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE




Justice, Fifth Court of Appeals
Place 6
since 1997

Has written over 2,000 opinions



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER

Presiding Judge
192nd Civil District Court
Dallas County
2006-present






LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL


    • 1996: Legal Counsel to the Sheriff, Denton County
    • 1992-96: David L. Bridges, Attorney at Law [Colin County]
    • 1991-92: First Assistant, State Bar of Texas Disciplinary Counsel
    • 1991: Regional Counsel, State Bar of Texas
    • 1988-90: Senior Trial Attorney, State Bar of Texas
    • 1987-88: Assistant District Attorney, Upshur County Distict Attorney
    • 1984-87: Assistant District Attorney, Smith County District Attorney
    • 1982-84: Associate Attorney, Palo Duro Legal Aid


    BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

    Civil Trial Law
    Personal Injury Trial Law


    Criminal Appellate Law (2011)
    Criminal Law (1989)




    COURTS ADMITTED TO

    • All Texas state courts
    • U.S. Dist. Court, Northern Dist. of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • U.S. Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Court, Southern Dist. of Texas
    • U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Also licensed in Florida

    • All Texas state courts
    • U.S. Supreme Court


    HONORS & AWARDS

    • AV-Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell
    • 2008: Trial Judge of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates, Dallas
    • 2008: Dallas Bar Association Hartman Judicial Pro Bono Service Award
    • 2019: Texas Tech School of Law Distinguished Alumni
    • Five-time Texas Super Lawyer, 2003-2007





      PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS

      2018 Texas General Election
      Judge, 192nd Judicial District
      100%; unopposed

      2014 Texas General Election
      Judge, 192nd Judicial District
      100%; unopposed

      2010 Texas General Election
      Judge, 192nd Judicial District
      100%; unopposed

      2006 Texas General Election
      Judge, 192nd Judicial District
      53.47% v. Dawn Estes

      2014 Texas General Election
      Justice, Fifth Court of Appeals
      Place 6
      Unopposed

      2008 Texas General Election
      Justice, Fifth Court of Appeals
      Place 6
      52.05% v. David Hanschen (D)

      2002 Texas General Election
      Justice, Fifth Court of Appeals
      Place 2
      Unopposed

      1996 Texas General Election
      Justice, Fifth Court of Appeals, Place 2
      Unopposed



      MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS








      KEY ENDORSEMENTS





          JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY








          OTHER INFORMATION

          • 2010-13: President, Texas Association of District Judges
          • 2012-present: Member, Dallas County Juvenile Board

          • Eagle Scout
          • U.S. Army veteran (1973-74)
          • Worked at the Tyler General Electric Plant to put himself through school at Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler


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          Last Updated:

          11/26/19


          23 April 2019


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