Andy Porter
Criminal District Judge, Court No. 4

By constitutional design, judges have the most limited role in government. As someone who has studied jurisprudence and American Constitutional Law for nearly 30 years, Judge Porter believes legislatures write laws, not judges.

A textualist at heart, Judge Porter believes statutes should be narrowly construed to effect the Texas Legislature’s expressed purpose in compliance with the federal and state constitutions.

Trial judges are the public face of the judiciary. As such, Judge Porter believes judges should show respect for the law, the litigants, and the litigators who appear in court. He starts each day with prayer before donning his robe and entering the courtroom. It’s his way of remembering that a true public servant knows wisdom comes from God.

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