2020 Judge - 19th District Court
Thomas West is an Attorney, Associate Judge, a Family Man, a Christian, and community minded with a servant’s heart. Born in Amarillo Texas in 1964 to Jack and Martha West, Thomas lived an all-American childhood with hard-working parents and three older siblings. Jack West was a project manager for a large commercial construction company, and Martha was a homemaker and then a teacher at Waco Montessori. As a boy, Thomas played football, basketball, and baseball, learning his strong work ethic and discipline through his parents and sports. When Thomas was in the fifth grade, he remembered his father asking, “Son, what do you want to be when you grow up?” Thomas replied, “A Lawyer, then I want to be a Judge.”
Thomas made good on his answer. He graduated in 1987 Cum Laude from The University of Mississippi with a B.A. in English. He graduated from Baylor Law School in 1990 and began serving the citizens of McLennan County as a prosecutor. Thomas has devoted his entire, almost 30-year Law Career, to criminal law. He began as a prosecutor in the McLennan County Criminal District Attorney’s office from 1991-2000. During a decade of working in the D.A.’s office, Thomas prosecuted both Felony and Misdemeanor cases, (handled CPS cases, pursued protective orders for victims of violence, and asset forfeitures). As Misdemeanor Chief, he managed and trained new prosecutors. “My years there taught me how to handle multiple jobs in a fast-paced environment, while seeking justice.”
In 2000, Thomas moved into private practice and joined a local Waco Law firm and became a partner in 2006. He maintains his criminal practice and handles all Felony and Misdemeanor cases—both at the State and Federal level. Outside of his private practice, in 2001, Thomas began as the Municipal Court Prosecutor for the City of Lorena, a position he still holds today. He was appointed Associate Judge for the City of Hewitt in 2018. Thomas has always been able to manage his positions as both a lawyer and judge effectively. I became Board Certified in Criminal Law in both State and Federal courts in 2002. I have 32 hours of judicial training from 2018-2019. “I have the right experience learned through courtroom battles of at least 120 jury trials combined with education to have the rights skills and expertise to strictly apply the law, protect the victims of crime, and to keep our families safe.”
Given his varied professional responsibilities, Thomas always makes time for his family, church, and community. Thomas and Stephanie and their three children: Jackson, Hannah, and Ally have been members of First Woodway Baptist Church since 1988. He has worked in the children ministries for many years, was ordained as a deacon in 2002 and continues to serve in that role today. He is also a member of numerous community organizations, including the McLennan County Republican Club, Auxiliary member McLennan County Republican Women, Waco Rotary Club, and has served on The Salvation Army advisory board since 2012.
Thomas has never been afraid of hard work and that work ethic along with his integrity will make the citizens of McLennan County proud and safer.
I ask for your support and I ask for your Vote!
I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of McLennan County as Judge of the 19th District Court.
To learn more about Thomas West visit his website www.thomaswestforjudge.com
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