ABOUT TAMMY THOMAS
REPUBLICAN FOR JUDGE, 262nd CRIMINAL DISTRICT COURT
Tammy Thomas, a highly-skilled former prosecutor with almost 27 years of courtroom experience and a reputation for fairness and tenacity, is seeking the Republican nomination to be the next Judge of the 262nd Criminal District Judge in the March 2018 Harris County Republican Primary.
Thomas, who worked for seven Harris County District Attorneys and tackled some of the toughest cases to come through the courthouse, was born in Houston and moved to Bryan with her family at the age of 12. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and returned to Houston to attend the South Texas College of Law. She went to work for the District Attorney’s Office in 1988.
Tammy worked her way through the ranks of the office. She served as a front-line prosecutor in trial courts and as a narcotics prosecutor in the Special Crimes Bureau.
She was promoted to chief prosecutor and served in several district courts, where she tried cases and supervised other prosecutors. She was also a Chief Prosecutor in the Crimes Against Children Division from 2009 until 2013. She volunteered to concentrate on child physical abuse and specialized in head trauma cases that resulted in serious injury and death.
From 2013 until 2017, Tammy was Division Chief of the Major Offenders & Organized Crime Division of the Special Crimes Bureau – a crack team of highly-skilled senior prosecutors and investigators who were on-call 24-hours and carried an active caseload of “cold cases,” capital murders, kidnappings, gang cases, organized crime investigations and complex matters that often involved working closely with federal and local law enforcement agencies.
While a prosecutor, Tammy was first chair in 98 felony jury trials and second chair in 17. She was the lead prosecutor in two death penalty cases. She was first chair in 19 misdemeanor jury trials and eight misdemeanor court trials. She prevailed in more than 98 percent of her jury trials.
Tammy retired from the District Attorney’s Office in 2017 and opened a private practice.
She works as a legal instructor at the Houston Police Academy – work she has done since 2013 – and has taken on special prosecutor assignments and criminal defense work.
She lives in Houston with her husband, Mike Connor, Jr., a law enforcement officer. Hayden, her son, is a senior at Memorial High School, and Erin Elizabeth, her daughter, is a junior at the University of Texas.