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Judge West has been serving the citizens of McLennan County since January 1, 2021. In line with his campaign promises, he has the most technologically advanced courtroom in the courthouse, which makes moving cases more efficient and easier for the parties.

Since taking office, new policies and aggressive docketing have allowed Judge West to dispose of more than 4,000 felony cases, reducing the number of accused individuals and giving the victims their day in court. To accomplish that, we have held over 15,000 hearings and approximately 76 jury trials during this period. With the reduction in the backlog, we’re saving taxpayer money and making the streets safer for the citizens of McLennan County.

Thomas C. West
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Past Experience

Thomas West has represented the State of Texas for 10 years as a felony prosecutor. Since that time, he has represented citizens accused of felonies, and he ensures that the rule of law is followed as set forth by the Constitution. He has also worked as an associate judge for the City of Hewitt. Given his extensive knowledge in criminal law, his experience as both an attorney and local judge, and serving as Judge of the 19th Judicial District Court since 2021, it’s no surprise that he is running for re-election.

There is no one more qualified than Thomas West. He has the litigation experience needed to apply the law and to protect victims of crime. He has been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2002. A seasoned prosecutor, he served almost 10 years in the McLennan County Criminal District Attorney’s office. Since going into private practice, he has served as a criminal defense attorney for 18+ years in McLennan County, State, and federal courts. Additionally, he has served as municipal court prosecutor for the City of Lorena since 2001, and as an associate judge for the City of Hewitt since 2018. West has been voted by his peers as a “Super Lawyer” multiple times from 2009 to present, and one of the Top 100 National Trial Attorneys from 2015 to present. Since he began serving as Judge of the 19th Judicial District Court in 2021, West has kept his campaign promises and hopes he gets the opportunity to continue doing so.


I will continue to be an impartial judge who strictly interprets the law and remains tough on crime to keep our families safe. I believe my background and experience make me uniquely qualified to do what justice demands.

Thomas West

Thomas West believes in three pillars to practice law


West has handled thousands of cases over his career—from the smallest infraction of the law to the most serious offenses facing our citizens.


Integrity means being a man of your word and doing what you say you’ll do. West believes in the old-fashioned handshake philosophy of doing what’s right.

Common Sense

As far as common sense is concerned, West believes you need to use good sense and sound judgment when you’re applying the law to the facts of the case.

West’s experience as an associate judge in Hewitt, plus his experience as a prosecuting criminal attorney, and two years as Judge of the 19th Judicial District Court, has well equipped him to continue serving citizens of McLennan County as he runs for re-election as Judge of the 19th Judicial District Court.


Our community and country need good, godly men like Thomas West! My family and I have known Thomas for the past 19 years or more. We have seen his compassionate side and his efficient, level-headed side as well. He has represented us very well in various business proceedings. We valued his wise counsel in those instances and the manner in which he concluded the cases for us.

Jackie Toby, owner of The Vibe in McGregor, who has known Thomas for years. Her husband, Mike Toby was the pastor of First Woodway Baptist Church before his passing in 2015. Jackie fully supports Thomas.

If re-elected Judge of the 19th Judicial District Court, Thomas West already has big plans in mind. “I want to continue reducing the backlog of cases to ensure that victims have their day in court. I also want to continue reducing the time that accused citizens are in jail awaiting their day in court,” he said.


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