Hi, I'm Tami Craft and my signature is service to the Harris County community!
WHERE I COME FROM
I am a native Houstonian and I am well equipped to be the next judge of the 189th Civil District Court in my hometown, Houston, Texas. I attended Forest Brook High School where I graduated with honors in 1994.
I entered Texas A&M University in the Fall of 1994 with 12 college hours obtained during high school and went on to graduate from the University of Houston with a degree in Criminal Justice. I then attended South Texas College of Law where I held the position of Assistant Editor-In-Chief of South Texas’ Law Review and was on the Dean’s List several semesters all while raising 3 year-old twins. I also graduated from South Texas Law School in 2 years, instead of the typical 3 years.
In November of 2003, I was licensed in the state of Texas and I am currently licensed to practice in the Eastern, Northern and Southern Federal District Courts and the 1st, 13th and 14th Courts of Appeals. In June of 2017, I became licensed in the highest Court in the land, the United States Supreme Court. Only 10% of the over 700,000 in the United States are eligible to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
I am running to become the first African American ever elected to the 189th Civil District Court. I have been a fighter for justice and equality since I was a teenager in the late 80's. In 1987, my cousin and his two small kids were murdered by his wife and the offender was sentenced to death row. The murders would change the trajectory of my life. During law school, the offender in my cousins’ murders was sentenced to her death day in a Harris County courtroom, I was there. After her death day was set I went to the Harris County jail and visited the offender as she had vehemently expressed her innocence.
Again I am a fighter for justice and despite the fact that I was not making a popular decision within my family, I began a personal journey to ensure that my family would know the truth and ultimately receive justice. Too, I am not a proponent of the death penalty and the last thing I could consciously conceive was for an innocent woman to die for crimes she had not committed. In that light, I turned over every stone by interviewing the detectives, prosecutors (former U.S. Attorney, Ken Magidson), and other witnesses regarding the facts of the case. In the end the facts lead me back to the original offender and I attended the murderer’s execution in Huntsville, Texas in 2005.
Since 2003, I have practiced and tried cases in many areas including: civil, criminal, family, education, labor and employment law, real estate and property tax law. I am married, the mother to 25 year old twins, and I am “YaYa” to two precious granddaughters. My family faithfully attends the Lighthouse Church-Humble campus. I am also a 24 year Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated woman where I am a charter member of Alpha Alpha Kappa Omega chapter of the sorority. As an AKA, my personal mission mirrors my sorority's mission which is to provide "SERVICE TO ALL MANKIND."
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW
LEGAL WORK EXPERIENCE
DEMMING LAW FIRM- TRIAL ATTORNEY
(CIVIL, CRIMINAL, EDUCATION, FAMILY, LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW)
UT MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER- HUMAN RESOURCE EEO & LEGAL SPECIALIST
TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION- APPELLATE ATTORNEY
TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY- ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE
TEXAS COMPTROLLER, DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, HUD, UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE- ARBITRATOR & MEDIATOR
1ST, 13TH AND 14TH COURT OF APPEALS
U.S. SUPREME COURT