District Attorneys

The following list is under construction and will be revised. However in the interest of sharing what information is available, the following is a reflection of those who have served.

Cornelius Van Ness (External Site)

1838

John D. Morris

1838

George Blow

1839

Signed Indictments as Solicitor for the Republic

John D. Morris

1839

French Srother Gray

1842

Cornelius W. Peterson

Special 1842

Andrew Neill

1843

Thomas Newcombe

1843

John D. Anderson

Spring1844

Ira L. Stwitt

Fall 1844

Thomas Newcombe

1845

Cornelius W. Peterson

1847

James Paul

Spring 1849

J. A. Paschal

Fall 1849

Cornelius W. Peterson

1850

Frank Egan

1855

Died in office 12/9/1859

C. Upson (External Site)

1860

M. G. Anderson

1861

A. O. Cooley

1865

T. G. Anderson

1867

A. Dittmar

1871

N. O. Green

1873

M. G. Anderson

1877

Fred Cocke

1879

George Paschal

1885

W. K. Camp

1893

A. Levy

1895

Carlos Bee (External Site)

1899

I. Charles Baker

1905

Clinton G. Brown

11-5-1912

Resigned; elected Mayor 1913

W. C. Linden

1914 - 1915

D. A. Mc Askill

1916-1922

C. M. Chambers

1924

Resigned; elected Mayor 1925

No special election held; appt. by Govenor

Lamar Seeligson

1927-1928

Walter Tynan

1930-1931

John B. Shook

1934-1935

Wm. N. Hensley

1947

Killed 5/10/1951

Harvey L. Hardy

1951

Acting only

Austin Anderson

Appt. 1951

Died in Office in 1951

Hubert W. Green Jr.

1955

Charles J. Leick

1959

James N. Barlow

1963

Ted Butler

1969-1977

Appointed by Gov. Preston Smith

Bill White

1977-1982

Appointed

Sam Millsap

1983-1986

Fred Rodriguez

1986-1990

Steve Hilbig

1991-1998

Susan Reed (External Site)

1999 to present

The Constitution of the Republic of Texas. Article IV section 5 states:

“There shall be a District Attorney appointed for each District, whose duties, salaries, perquisites, and term of service shall be fixed by law.”

The Constitution of 1845 Article IV Section 12 states:

“There shall be elected by joint vote of both houses of the legislature a district attorney for each district, who shall hold his office for 2 years; and the duties, salaries and perquisites of the attorney general and district attorneys shall be prescribed by law.”

The Constitution of 1866, Article IV, Section 14 states:

“There shall be a District Attorney for each judicial district in the State, elected by the qualified votes of the district, who shall hold his office for four years, and together with the perquisites provided by law, shall receive an annual salary of $1000.00, which shall not be increased nor diminished during his term of office.”

The Constitution of 1868 Article V Section 12 states:

“There shall be a District Attorney elected by the qualified voters of each judicial district, who shall hold his office for four years; and the duties, salaries and perquisites of District Attorney shall be fined by law.”

The Constitution of 1876 in addition to outlining the duties of County Attorneys also state:

“...but if any county shall be included in a district where there shall be a district attorney, the respective duties of district attorneys and county attorneys shall in such counties be regulated by the legislature.”

Special Election on November 8, 1938 combines new offices of Assessors Call of Texas