Conservative. Effective. Experienced.
Judge Michelle Slaughter is an experienced constitutional conservative trial judge with a proven track record. Since being elected as the first Republican judge of the 405th District Court, she transformed the court from the least efficient and least effective into the most efficient and most effective district court in Galveston County, Texas. Judge Slaughter believes in the rule of law, treating everyone with respect, and ensuring everyone gets a fair trial – both the State and the Defendant. When it comes to punishment, Judge Slaughter’s philosophy as a trial judge is that a Defendant who is a violent or repeat offender does not deserve multiple chances before serving prison time. Her performance and effectiveness as a “tough but fair judge” has earned her the respect of her community and dozens of endorsements over the years.
Judge Slaughter has disposed of thousands of felony criminal cases and has presided over hundreds of felony criminal jury trials. These cases have ranged from state jail felonies to first-degree felonies and capital murder. Judge Slaughter has rendered punishments ranging from deferred adjudication for first-time offenders capable of rehabilitation to 99 years in prison for repeat offenders and child predators.
Before serving as a judge, Michelle was a highly-accomplished attorney. She worked several years for large international law firms and started her own successful law practice – The Slaughter Law Firm, PLLC in Houston, Texas. Her excellent work as an attorney earned her the distinction of “Rising Star” in the Super Lawyers edition of Texas Monthly Magazine1. – an honor bestowed on only 2.5% of all Texas attorneys.
Judge Slaughter is a second-generation native Texan, born in Fort Worth, Texas. She is happily married to her best friend and college sweetheart, Ed Walsh, a NASA engineer. Together they have two beautiful daughters, Hazel (age 9) and Laila (age 7), a Great Pyrenees rescue dog, Dagney, and two rescue cats, Pinky and Sal. The family attends church at Clear Creek Community Church in League City, Texas where Judge Slaughter has spent several years volunteering as a greeter.
JUDGE SLAUGHTER’S FAMILY
Like many Americans, Judge Slaughter’s family is a mix of many different cultures. Her paternal grandmother, Pilar Macias, came from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico where Pilar’s father, Telesforo Macias, served as mayor. Pilar Macias married James Slaughter and had one son, Bob Slaughter – Judge Slaughter’s father, who is a retired teacher, coach, and school administrator. Judge Slaughter’s mother, Judy, an entrepreneur and small business owner, was born and raised in Texas by a WWII Veteran, Harold, and his lovely bride, Hazel.
ROOTS OF JUDGE SLAUGHTER’S CONSERVATIVE VALUES
Judge Slaughter is a real Republican and a true Conservative by conviction; not by political expediency, convenience, or just to get elected. Her conservative values were instilled in her childhood where she was taught personal and fiscal responsibility. She learned that through hard work and perseverance, anything is possible – the American dream. Growing up, one of her idols was (and still is) Ronald Reagan. She remembers staying up late to watch the 1984 election returns and cheering with her family as the map showed a wave of red across the nation.
As a freshman in high school, Michelle had the honor of acting as Mississippi Republican Senator Thad Cochran in the Harvard Model Congress. She was one of the youngest participants competing against hundreds of high school students from across the country, yet won an honorable mention for her work. In college, Michelle was the vice president of the gun club that celebrated our Second Amendment rights. In law school, she served as President of the Hispanic Law Students Association and spearheaded a program to reach out to low-income, minority high school students to inspire those students to strive for the American dream through hard work and education. Recognizing that these students needed help preparing for the SAT, she organized and served as a tutor for a free SAT preparation class thereby giving these students a hand up and not a hand out.
LAW SCHOOL HONORS
In addition to community service work in law school, Michelle served as an intern for two federal district court judges – Judge Sim Lake and Judge David Hittner, both Reagan appointees. She also served as an intern to Republican Justice Tim Taft of the First Court of Appeals. Michelle graduated from law school cum laude (with honors) and was inducted into the Order of the Barons (earned for academic excellence – top 15% of her class) and Order of the Barristers (earned for excellence in legal advocacy).
INVOLVEMENT IN REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATIONS
While always holding her conservative values dear and voting those values, Michelle was called to become more active with the Republican party after President Obama was elected. She joined the Clear Creek Republican Women and was elected to be their Vice President of Membership. In that role, she helped grow the club and increase participation of its members. She also became a member of the Friendswood Republican Women, Galveston Republican Women, Republican Network, Mid-County Republican Network, and the Galveston Island and Bay Area Pachyderm Clubs and attended and volunteered for many Republican events. After being elected, Judge Slaughter helped found and served as an advisor for the Galveston County Chapter of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas.
WHY JUDGE SLAUGHTER TOOK A 50% PAYCUT TO BECOME A JUDGE
Michelle thoroughly enjoyed her job as an attorney and thrived financially. But Michelle was tired of complaining about the problems she saw in certain courts, especially the 405th District Court. Therefore, Michelle took to heart Galatians 5:13 (“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”) and challenged the three-time elected Democrat incumbent judge. Upon realizing he could not win as a Democrat, that judge switched parties and ran as a Republican. Michelle bested three opponents in the 2012 Republican primary and was only 60 votes short of winning the primary outright. In the runoff she soundly beat the party-switching incumbent Democrat judge. Judge Slaughter was elected as the first Republican judge of the 405th District Court.
In 2016, Judge Slaughter was challenged by two Republican primary opponents. Based on Judge Slaughter’s hard work, accomplishments, conservative values, and “tough but fair” reputation, she handily bested these opponents and received over 73% of the primary vote. She was the top vote-getter in a contested race in Galveston County. Judge Slaughter had no general election opponent.
JUDGE SLAUGHTER’S CONSERVATIVE VALUES IN ACTION
“Consider what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord who is with you when you render judgment. Now then let the fear of the Lord be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the Lord our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe.” II Chronicles 19:6-7.
On the bench, Judge Slaughter has displayed her conservative values. She is a Constitutional Conservative, protecting and defending a strict interpretation of the U.S. and Texas Constitutions. She has never and will never legislate from the bench. She believes in protecting the rights and lives of the unborn. She believes in personal responsibility and consequences for actions. Additionally, Judge Slaughter believes in small and efficient government. As such, she has dramatically increased the efficiency and effectiveness of the the 405th District Court – trying more jury trials than any other Galveston County district court, clearing thousands of cases off the docket, and disposing of more criminal and civil cases than any other Galveston County district court. But Judge Slaughter will never sacrifice justice for efficiency. Ensuring justice is served is Judge Slaughter’s top priority.
Judge Slaughter has also been a champion for transparency and protecting the First Amendment rights of conservative voices. Upon being elected as the 405th District Court Judge, Judge Slaughter fulfilled her campaign promise to provide more transparency by creating and maintaining a Facebook Page that informs the public about matters in the 405th District Court and about our legal system. Judge Slaughter encourages everyone via Facebook and with jury panels to attend court proceedings. She informs the public that these are their courts paid for with their tax dollars and they are entitled to watch any proceedings (with very few exceptions). Anyone with an interest in a legal career is invited to visit with her. She always takes the time to talk to these visitors and encourages their interests.
Beyond her public service as a judge, Judge Slaughter believes in giving back to her community. Judge Slaughter involves herself in community service, especially that which helps the elderly, children, and babies. In addition to serving for three years as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for The Galloway School in Friendswood, a private Christian school, Judge Slaughter is a member of the League City Lion’s Club and volunteers to help cook and serve at their monthly senior citizen breakfasts. Twice a year, Judge Slaughter donates items for and volunteers at the semi-annual Senior Share of Galveston County, Inc. events that help our local senior citizens. She also serves as the annual sponsor for the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo’s Senior Citizens Day. Judge Slaughter is also an advocate, sponsor and volunteer for various organizations and events to assist pregnancy and parenting centers in Galveston County. These are just a few of the many ways that Judge Michelle Slaughter serves and helps her community. Judge Slaughter is committed to helping any way she can, including by donating her hair on several occasions to use in wigs for cancer patients. For a full list of Judge Slaughter’s community involvement, CLICK HERE.
JUDGE SLAUGHTER ASKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND VOTE
As Judge of the 405th District Court, Judge Slaughter fulfilled all of her campaign promises and has gone above and beyond in her duties. She now asks for your help, support, and vote in the 2018 Republican primary to become Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8. Judge Slaughter wants to use her constitutional conservative values, judicial experience, and commitment to our justice system to protect and defend our U.S. and Texas Constitutions and to ensure justice for Texans across the entire State.