Scott Walker (Texas)

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Richard Scott Walker

Place 5 Judge of the
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 2017
Preceded by Cheryl Johnson

Born c. 1953
Borger, Hutchinson County
Texas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Pamela Walker
Children One daughter

One son: Brian Keith Walker

Residence Fort Worth, Texas
Alma mater Dallas Baptist University
Baylor University School of Law
Religion Evangelical Christian

Richard Scott Walker, known as Scott Walker (born c. 1953), is one of the nine Republican justices of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, representing Place 5. A former criminal defense attorney from Fort Worth, Walker won his party's runoff race in 2016 in a low-turnout contest against Brent Webster, an assistant district attorney for Williamson County near Austin. The judgeship was vacated by the retiring Republican Cheryl Johnson. Some questioned whether Walker's victory was based on his familiar name, the same as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, an unsuccessful candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination. Walker, however, said that his nomination came through his vigorous campaign efforts, not his catchy name.[1]date=O,

He graduated with honors from Dallas Baptist University and obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas. He received his Juris Doctorate from Baylor School of Law. Before his ascent to judge, Walker's law practice consisted of civil defense, veteran's disability, criminal litigation, and appellate advocacy. He penned more than a hundred appellate briefs and participated in more than forty trials in district courts across North Texas. Walker and his wife, Pamela, were both born in Borger in Hutchinson County in the Texas Panhandle but never met there though they lived in the same neighborhood. They met and eventually married while living with their families in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, again in the same neighborhood.[2] The Walkers' son, Brian Keith Walker (born c. 1977), is also an attorney who narrowly lost a Republican bid for the Texas House of Representatives and served as his father's campaign manager in the judicial race.[3]

In the runoff contest, Walker prevailed over Webster, 207,195 (58 percent) to 150,722 (42 percent).[1] He then overwhelmed Betsy Johnson, the Democratic choice in the general election, 4,782,144 (54.8 percent) to 3,511,850 (40.2 percent).[4]

The highest criminal court in Texas, the Court of Criminal Appeals determines the outcome all death penalty cases in the state. It recently dismissed the abuse-of-power charge against former Governor Rick Perry. Despite the importance of the court, candidates seeking the nine positions have had difficulty establishing name recognition. That fact led to discussion about whether Judge Walker's famous name gave him the advantage.[1] 

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Madlin Mekelburg (May 24, 2016). Scott Walker - No, Not that One - Wins Court of Criminal Appeals Runoff. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved on October 6, 2017.
  2. Scott Walker for Court of Criminal Appeals - Place 5. Scottwalkerforjudge.com. Retrieved on October 6, 2017.
  3. Scott Walker for Judge. Facebook. Retrieved on October 6, 2017.
  4. Official Results. Texas Secretary of State (November 8, 2016). Retrieved on October 6, 2017.