Texas Judicial Council


The Texas Judicial Council is composed of 16 ex-officio and six appointed members. The Council is chaired by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court with the Presiding Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals as Vice-Chair. The Chief Justice appoints ten judicial members, two from each level of court. The Lieutenant Governor appoints two members of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives appoints one member of the House with the chair of the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee serving on the Council. The Governor appoints six citizen members to the Council, three of which are members of the State Bar of Texas and two of which must not be licensed to practice law. Citizen members serve six-year terms.

Hon. Nathan L. Hecht, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas
Hon. Sharon Keller, Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals

Legislative Members
Hon. Brandon Creighton, Senator, Conroe
Hon. Andrew Murr, Representative, Junction
Hon. John T. Smithee, Representative, Amarillo
Hon. Judith Zaffirini, Senator, Laredo

Judicial Members
Hon. Gary Bellair, Presiding Judge, Ransom Canyon Municipal Court
Hon. Bill Boyce, Justice, 14th Court of Appeals, Houston
Hon. Bill Gravell Jr., Justice of the Peace Pct. 3, Williamson County
Hon. Scott Jenkins, Judge, 53rd District Court, Travis County
Hon. Kelly Moore, Judge, 121st Judicial District, Terry & Yoakum
Hon. Valencia Nash, Justice of the Peace Pct. 1, Place 2, Dallas County
Hon. Sherry Radack, Chief Justice, 1st Court of Appeals, Houston
Hon. Polly Spencer, Judge (Ret.), Probate Court #1, Bexar County
Hon. Edward J. Spillane, III, Presiding Judge, City of College Station
Hon. Vivian Torres, Medina County Court at Law, Hondo

Citizen Members
Mr. Carlos Z. Amaral, Information Services Group, Inc., Plano
Ms. Sonia Clayton, Virtual Intelligence Providers LLC, Houston
Ms. Allyson Ho, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Dallas
Ms. Ashley Johnson, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Dallas
Mr. Kenneth S. Saks, Oliva Saks Garcia & Curiel, LLP, San Antonio
Mr. Evan Young, Baker Botts, Austin

Executive Director
David Slayton