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

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