19 Black Women Ran For Judicial Seats In Houston, Texas; 19 Black Women Are Now Judges In Houston, Texas.

Beto O'Rourke may have lost the Senate race to Ted Cruz in Texas, but Harris County showed up and elected the #Houston19

We can talk all day about how magical black women are, but the proof showed up at the polls this Tuesday. Harris County, Texas saw 19 black women run for various judicial seats and all are now elected judges! Now referred to as the #Houston19, this marks the single most significant win for black women in history.

The 2018 midterms were both monumental with a flip in the house and many firsts in regards to elected officials. There were also plenty of upsets including a loss for Democrat Beto O’Rourke in the Texas Senate race against GOP incumbent Ted Cruz.

All 19 women have jurisdiction in Harris County, which houses most of Houston and is the third-largest county in the country. The appointment of the #Houston19 supersedes race and will more accurately reflect the diverse community of Houston and Harris County. “Across the board, the diversity of the Democratic ticket was huge, and I think it sends a message that we can lead here in Harris County. We can lead in the state of Texas,” Judge-elect Lawshawn Williams told KPRC. Williams continues “for black women particularly, we take a seat at the table, and things change. For us in this situation it will change in terms of criminal justice reform, health care, these are the kinds of cases that will come before us and really impact our community.”

We have to congratulate the #Houston19 on their truly magical and monumental victory in Harris County.

The #Houston19 include:

Ramona Franklin, Germaine Tanner, Sandra Peake, Maria Jackson, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Holleman, Latosha Lewis Payne, LaShawn Williams, Dedra Davis, Tonya Jones, Linda Dunson, Toria Finch, Ronnisha Bowman, Lucia Bates, Erica Hughes, Michelle Moore, Lori Chambers Gray, Shannon Baldwin, and Sharon Burney.




We want to know what you think. Leave a comment.


Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Have a great story idea, know someone On the RYSE, we would love to hear from you. Send us a message and we'll get back to you, asap.


© 2019 RYSE Interactive, Inc

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy





- Early Access to Top Stories

- Success Tips

- Unique Community Finds

- Exclusive Offers From Our Partners


Thanks for joining

the RYSE Tribe!


Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?