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BREAKING: Judge Lawrence Meyers of the Statewide Court of Criminal Appeals Joins Democratic Party

by: Joseph Vogas

Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 04:39 PM CST

Judge Lawrence Meyers, first elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals as a Republican in 1992, has had enough. As of today, Judge Meyers is a Democrat. Judge Meyers will be running as a Democrat in the special election for Texas Supreme Court, Place 6 against Justice Jeff Brown (R) this fall.

While Judge Meyers, who has spent 21 years as a statewide elected Texas Republican, did not give a reason for why he was switching, Democrats are pleased that he has joined our party.

Judge Meyers does not have to resign from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to run for the Texas Supreme Court. His term on the Court of Criminal Appeals will end in January 2017. This means Democrats have their first incumbent, statewide officeholder since 1998.

You can read more about Judge Meyers from his official court biography.

See where the news first broke and catch up with the rest of today's filing news at our live-blog

Read the Texas Democratic Party's Statement, welcoming Judge Meyer to the our 2014 ticket below the fold.

The Texas Democratic Party sent out the following release on Meyer's party-switch:

Texas Democrats Welcome Republican Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Lawrence "Larry" Meyers as he runs for the Texas Supreme Court as a Democrat

AUSTIN, TX- Today, Texas Democrats are honored and excited to welcome current Republican statewide Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Lawrence "Larry" Meyers to the party.  Judge Meyers filed today to run for the Supreme Court against Jeff Brown in Place 6 as a Democrat.  Meyers' party switch will make him the first statewide Democratic officeholder since 1998.  

Judge Meyers was the first Republican elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 1992 and is its longest serving member.

"I am thrilled to welcome Judge Meyers to the Texas Democratic Party.  I am even more excited to know that Judge Meyers doesn't stand alone. Every day, I hear from real voters that our party represents the strongest path forward for our state.  Texas is changing and voters will continue to reject a Republican Party more focused on ideology than ideas," said Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa.  

Judge Lawrence Meyers

Judge Lawrence Meyers was elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 1992 and previously served three years as an associate justice on the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth.   He is the second longest serving appellate Justice in Texas. Judge Meyers has been elected four times to statewide office, and in 1998 he received over 84,000 more votes in the General Election than Greg Abbott did as a candidate for the Texas Supreme Court

He earned his B.A. in history and chemistry from Southern Methodist University in 1970 and his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1973. Meyers received his L.L.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998 and is board certified in criminal law. Following law school, Meyers served as an assistant district attorney in Montgomery County, Kansas. From 1975 to 1988, he worked in the private practice of law in Fort Worth, Texas.

Between 1975 and 1988, he practiced civil, criminal, and appellate law in Fort Worth, where he was also a substitute municipal judge for three years.  Meyers is a member of the State Bar of Texas and has been an instructor and teacher at Texas Christian University.  Meyers and his wife, Barbara, have two children, Kelli and Clay.

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