ELECTION 2024 | Miller announces re-election bid for Texas’ 5th District judge

JUDGE BILL MILLER, 5th District Court of Texas
JUDGE BILL MILLER, 5th District Court of Texas

TEXARKANA, Texas -- The 5th District Court judge is seeking reelection.

Bill Miller, a Republican, announced his candidacy Sunday in a press release.

The primary election is March 5.

The 5th District serves Bowie and Cass counties. Miller has served as the district judge since January 2015, when he was appointed by then-Gov. Rick Perry. He was first elected in 2016 and reelected in 2020.

"I have presided over more than 140 jury trials, thousands of bench trials, and have closed more than 13,000 cases since becoming a judge," Miller said in the release.

Miller has served as the administrative district judge in Cass County since 2015, and held the same position in Bowie County in 2019 and 2020. He is a member of the juvenile and adult probation boards of directors for both counties, and also serves on the security committees for the counties' courthouses.

Miller is chairman-elect for the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas for 2023-2024, and will serve as chairman of the Judicial Section in 2024-2025. He has served on the Texas Judicial Region 10 Budget Committee since 2018 and is currently chairman of the technology committee for the Texas Association of District Judges.

Prior to becoming a judge, Miller served three years as a member of the State Bar of Texas' executive committee and Board of Directors and two years on the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Directors. He was chairman of the State Bar of Texas' Law Practice Committee from 2010 to 2015 and president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association in 2006-2007. He also served as president of the Texarkana Young Lawyers Association, secretary of the Texarkana Bar Association, and president of the Northeast Texas Bar Association.

Miller also served 10 years as a member of the Literacy Council of Bowie and Miller Counties, three years as a board member of the Texarkana Museums System, and seven years as a trustee for St. James Day School. From 2011 until being appointed as a district judge in 2015, Miller represented Ward 5 on the City Council.

Miller continues to serve as a high school soccer referee in Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas, as well as a soccer referee for the U.S. Soccer Federation.

He is active in the Caddo Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. Miller also was an assistant Scout master for Troop 16 at First Baptist Church, Moores Lane, where his sons earned Eagle Scout rank.

Miller is a member of St. James Episcopal Church.

"Every day we handle different, serious matters related to crimes, families and civil complaints. I feel blessed to have been given the trust of the district's citizens twice before, and ask that they continue to place their trust in me. Fairness, above all else, accurate application of the law, providing everyone an opportunity to be heard, and integrity and justice are my goals every day," Miller said.

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