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    Sept. 2016 

    HBA Judicial Preference Poll

    Keel overwhelmed the Democrat incumbent in the Houston Bar Association's Judicial Preference Poll 609 to 297.

    Full results can be found here.

     

    Jan. 2016

    HBA Judicial Qualifications Poll

     

    Keel out-polled the Democrat incumbent, earning more "well qualified" votes by a margin of greater than two to one in the Houston Bar Association's 2016 Judicial Qualifications Poll. 

    Full results here.

    2015 HBA Judicial Evaluation Poll

    In the Houston Bar Association's 2015 Judicial Poll, Keel was rated most outstanding among her peers in the following areas:

     

    Follows the Law

    Rules Decisively and Timely

    Demonstrates Impartiality

    Works Hard and is Prepared

     

    Full results can be found here.

    Endorsements

    C Club of Houston

     

    Spring Branch Republicans

     

    Texas Alliance for Life

     

    Llano Tea Party

     

    Spring Tea Party

     

    Kingwood TEA Party

     

    Texas Patriots PAC

     

    The Texas Conservative View

    Houston Realty Business Coalition

     

    United Republicans of Harris County

    Ed Emmett

    Harris County Judge

     

    Hon. Aaron Pena

    Former member, House of Representatives

     

    Michael McCloskey

    State Republican Executive Committeeman, Senate District 5

     

    Sen. Joan Huffman

    Senate District 17

     

    Rusty Hardin

    Rusty Hardin & Associates

     

    Tom Phillips

    Baker Botts; former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice

     

    Terry Yates

    Defense attorney for David Daleiden

     

    Dan Cogdell

    Defense attorney for Sandra Merritt

     

    Carolyn Hodges

    Past president, TFRW

     

    Jan Ott

    TFRW Deputy President, Region II (personal endorsement)

     

    Bob Shults 

    Past president, Greater Houston Pachyderm Club

     

    Stuart Schwartz

    Scott Hulse Law Firm

     

    Bradley Smith

    Retired district court judge

     

    Gary Cutler

    Hays County Sheriff

     

    Lt. Chris McDonald

    State Republican Executive Committeeman,

    Senate District 6

     

    Stanley Schneider

    Schneider & McKinney

     

    Troy McKinney

    Schneider & McKinney

     

    Colleen Barnett

    Realtor, Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan; former chief prosecutor, 232nd District Court

     

    Kris Allfrey

    The Legal Wizards, Inc.

     

    Chris Daniel

    Harris County District Clerk

     

    Larry Finder

    Baker & McKenzie; former US Attorney for the Southern District of Texas

     

    Don J. DeGabrielle

    Chaffe McCall, LLP; former US Attorney for the Southern District of Texas

     

    Becky Berger

    State Republican Executive

    Committeman, Senate District 18

     

    John B. Holmes, Jr.

    Retired, Harris County District Attorney

     

    Gilbert Villarreal

    Houston attorney

     

    Kent Hance

    Hance Scarborough, LLP

     

    Stephen Tyler

    Victoria County Criminal District Attorney

     

    Dan Hedges

    Porter Hedges, LLP; former US Attorney for the Southern District of Texas

     

    Steve Radack

    Harris County Commissioner, Pct. 3

     

    Lee Hon

    Polk County Criminal District Attorney

     

    J.T. Edwards

    State Republican Executive Committeeman, Senate District 11

     

    Bryan Goertz

    Bastrop County Criminal District Attorney

     

    David Riddle

    Senatorial District Seven Chairman

     

    Johna Stallings

    First Assistant, Victoria County Criminal District Attorney

     

    Lynda and John Greer

    John F. Greer and Associates

     

    Brett Ligon

    Montgomery County District Attorney

     

    Mike Goldman 

    State Republican Executive Committeeman, Senate District 21

     

    Shelly Pritchard

    State Republican Executive 

    Committeeman, Senate District 9

     

    Marvin Clede

    State Republican Executive

    Committeman, Senate District 17

     

    Janet Jackson

    State Republican Executive 

    Committeeman, Senate District 22

     

    Mathew Walbeck

    State Republican Executive

    Committeeman, Senate District 27

     

    Hector DeLeon

    DeLeon & Washburn

     

    Gail McConnell

    Assistant District Attorney

     

    Kari Allen

    The Choice of Law Enforcement

    Judge Keel has been endorsed by the following law enforcement organizations:

     

    *  Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas

     

    *  Coalition of Police and Sheriffs

     

    *  Dallas Police Association

     

    *  Harris County Deputies' Organization

     

    *  Houston Police Officers Union PAC

    *  San Antonion Police Officers Association

    *  Texas Municipal Police Association

     

    Commentary

    Keel "continues to bring a zeal for the law to her work. We recommend Keel, who will bring new enthusiasm to the job."

    San Antonio Express News, Oct. 18, 2016

     

    "Keel would be tough to beat in almost any judicial race and is a no-contest choice in this one."

    Dallas Morning News, Sept. 18. 2016

    Keel's experience "would serve Texans well on the Court of Criminal Appeals."

    Bryan-College Station Eagle, Feb. 20, 2016

     

    "Judge Keel’s extensive experience in criminal law and her judicial record are stellar, making her the clear choice for the bench she seeks. ... Judge Mary Lou Keel is an exemplar of the type of judge Kingwood TEA Party supports for our Texas courts, and we are proud to endorse her for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2."

    Kingwood TEA Party, January 30, 2016

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "The Queen of Qualifications, Mary Lou Keel is ready to rise"

    Bob Mabry, Courts and Writing, December 19, 2016

     

    Keel "has earned a earned a reputation for being one of Houston's fairest judges."   

    Houston Chronicle editorial, October 17. 2006

     

    With Julie Turner, President, Texas Patriots PAC

    With Harris County CommissionerSteve Radack

    "Mary Lou is uniquely qualified to serve on Texas' highest criminal court. Her decades of criminal trial court experience and years of experience as a trial and appellate prosecutor will serve the public well."

    John B. Holmes, Jr., retired Harris County DA

     

    "Anyone that practices law in her court knows she's the best at what she does.  We need her on the higher court to promote justice."  

    David M. Stiller, solo practitioner

    "Mary Lou is a no-nonsense judge; firm, fair and impartial.  She is hard working and demands the same of the attorneys who practice before her. When I tried two death penalty cases in her court, I knew she would give the defendants a fair trial. This is extremely important in every case but especially so in a case where the State is asking the jury to assess the death penalty."

    Colleen Barnett, Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan; former chief prosecutor, 232nd District Court

    With Kent Hance

    "Mary Lou's criminal law expertise and appellate background, combined with her tenure as a felony trial court judge, make her an ideal candidate for the State's highest criminal court."

    Brett Ligon, Montogmery County DA

     

     

    "Judge Keel puts the law above politics."

    David Disher, attorney, Schulenburg, Texas

    With SREC Committeeman Mike Goldman

    "Judge Keel deserves the highest consideration given her history of consistent, fair, impartial, and studious committment in jurisprudence as a judge."

    J.T. Edwards, SREC Committeeman, SD 11

     

    "Judge Keel has always ruled fairly and considered both sides, which is all you can ask of a judge."

    Pete Justin, defense attorney

    With Lee Hon, Polk County Criminal District Attorney

    "[Y]ou, over all other candidates, have demonstrated those traits and talents which most closely mirror the concerns and efforts of the members of our Law Enforcement organization."  

    Burt Springer, C.O.P.S., Local 911

     

    "I've known Judge Keel since we were prosecutors together over 25 years ago.  She is a highly ethical, by-the-book judge who knows and follows the law.  She will be a tremendous asset to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals."

    Terry Yates, Terry W. Yates & Associates

      

    "I have known Judge Mary Lou Keel for almost 30 years. I first met her as an Assistant District Attorney where she was a tough, but fair prosecutor. As a lawyer having appeared in front of Judge Keel for more than 20 years, I have found her to be knowledgeable, straightforward and very well informed. Her experience and expertise make her uniquely qualified to serve on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals."

    Dan Cogdell, Cogdell Law Firm, PLLC