Maria Jackson, longest-serving Harris County felony judge, steps down
Maria T. Jackson, the longest-serving felony court judge in Harris County, said Friday she would resign from the bench.
Jackson made her announcement at a meeting of the Houston Bar Association. She confirmed her resignation, which she said will be effective Sept. 30, in a brief interview with the Houston Chronicle.
She declined to disclose her future plans until after her tenure ends. A provision in the Texas Constitution bars judges from announcing plans to seek another office while they still are on the bench.
Jackson, a Democrat, has been the judge for the 339th State District Court since 2009.
Gov. Greg Abbott must appoint a successor to the seat until a replacement can be elected. Jackson’s term run through 2020.
Abbott’s office on Friday did not respond to a request for comment.
Jackson was a Democratic candidate for the presiding judge position of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2018. She lost the general election on November 6, 2018, after advancing from the primary on March 6, 2018.
As of 2019, Maria Jackson lived in Houston, Texas. She earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1987 and a J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 1998. Jackson volunteered as a mentor for at-risk youth, students, and young lawyers. Jackson was appointed to serve as a municipal court judge for the city of Houston in 2003.