SULC Alum Wins Judgeship in Harris County Criminal Court

On March 6, 2018, Tonya Jones garnered a win in her Texas (Harris County) primary election by getting 70% of the votes for a win over her opponent Kris Ougrah.  This court handles Class A and B misdemeanors in Texas.

Tonya is a native Houstonian who grew up in Houston’s South Park/Sunnyside neighborhood and is a proud graduate of Jesse H. Jones Senior High School. Ms. Jones completed her undergraduate studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. While at Baylor, she was actively involved in several student groups and service organizations. She was a member of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity as well as Chaplain of her sorority. One of her most significant roles at Baylor was her service as a Baylor Ambassador charged with meeting with local state legislators to advocate the importance of maintaining the Pell grant. This was important to her as a first-generation college student who struggled the various obstacles related to the pursuit of higher education.

Tonya was admitted to the Texas bar in 2011 and began her legal career as an intern at the prestigious Ramos Family Law Group, where she honed her knowledge of family law.  She then became Associate Attorney for the distinguished Law Offices of Wilvin J. Carter where she sharpened her skills as a litigator. Her wealth of diverse experience and passion for public services gives her a unique and fresh perspective to bring to the bench.