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Tom Price (Texas judge)

Thomas Brian "Tom" Price
Place 3 Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
In office
Preceded by Frank Maloney
Succeeded by Bert Richardson
Personal details
Born 1945
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Political party Republican
Children Jan and Brian Price
Residence Austin, Texas
Alma mater

East Texas State University

Baylor University Law School

Thomas Brian Price, known as Tom Price (born 1945), is a departing judge of the nine-member Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to which he was first elected in 1996. He is only the third person from Dallas to have thus far served on this court of last resort in criminal appeals for the state of Texas. In 2015, he will be succeeded in his Place 3 position by his fellow Republican, Bert Richardson.


A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Price moved to Texas in 1957, when he turned twelve years of age. He attended Highland Park High School in University Park, Texas, and served in the United States Marine Corps during the early stages of the Vietnam War.[1] He graduated from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University–Commerce in Commerce, Texas. In 1970, he received his legal degree from Southern Baptist-affiliated Baylor University in Waco, Texas.[2]

After four years in private practice, Price was elected in 1974 as judge of the Dallas County Criminal Court No. 5 and served for three four-year terms, during part of which he was the presiding judge of the court. In 1986, 1990, and 1994, he was elected to the 282nd Criminal District Court, of which he was also the presiding judge. From 1991 to 1996, he was the chairman of the Community Justice Council Committee, in which capacity he was instrumental in the site selection, building, and administration of the Dallas County State Jail Facility, the largest institution of its kind in the state. Similarly, he worked to bring to fruition the Dallas County Judicial Drug Treatment Center.[1]

In 1996, while still on the 282nd state court, Price won a contested Republican runoff election for the Court of Criminal Appeals. He defeated his intra-party challenger, Cheryl Johnson, a native of Columbus, Ohio, who was practicing law in Austin. Price received 128,363 votes (57.2 percent) to Johnson's 95,941 (42.8 percent) in a runoff election.[3] Two years later, Johnson won election to the same court, and the two became judicial colleagues. Price then unseated the Democratic incumbent, Judge Frank Maloney, 2,745,701 (53.8 percent) to 2,358,371 (46.2 percent).[4]

In 2000, Price unsuccessfully challenged fellow Republican Sharon Keller for the post of presiding judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals, a position which Keller still holds. He polled 101,514 votes (45.2 percent) to Keller's 122,958 (54.8 percent).[5]

In 2002, Price ran for his second term on the Court of Criminal Appeals. In a runoff election for Place 1, he defeated challenger Tim Taft, 121,039 (57.7 percent) to 88,566 (42.3 percent).[6] In the November general election, Price defeated a Democrat, John W. Bull, 2,493,440 (57.7 percent) to 1,692,773 (39.1 percent). Two other candidates held the remaining 3.2 percent of the ballots cast.[7]

In 2008, running for Place 3, Price defeated still another Democrat, Susan Strawn, 3,949,722 (51.6 percent) to 3,482,718 (45.5 percent). The remaining 2.9 percent of the ballots casts went to the Libertarian Party nominee.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Judge Tom Price: Place 3". Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
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  3. ^ "Texas Republican runoff election returns, April 9, 1996".  
  4. ^ "General election returns, November 5, 1996". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Republican runoff election returns, April 11, 2000". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Republican runoff election returns, April 9, 2002". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "General election returns, November 5, 2002". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "General election returns, November 4, 2008". Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
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Preceded by
Frank Maloney
Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Place 3

Tom B. Price

Succeeded by
Bert Richardson
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