Years ago as a young trial attorney in Houston, I found myself disappointed on a number of occasions by judges who seemed to “play favorites” or refused to apply certain laws that they disagreed with. I believed that judges should do better, and I knew that somehow I had to be part of the effort to make it better. And then, in 1995, my wife Cindy went through breast cancer, which caused me to further reassess my priorities.That is when I decided to commit myself to public service, and the best way I knew how was to become a judge.
I believed service as a judge would not only impact the lives of the people who came before me, it would also open doors to other opportunities for public service. I have since committed to mentoring lawyers, teaching judges, and participating in numerous charities with wide-ranging focuses.