Judge Monica Purdy Makes History with Election to 95th State Civil District Court

Judge-Elect Monica Purdy
Judge-Elect Monica Purdy

When Dallas County Associate Judge Monica Purdy was elected to the 95th State Civil District Court, the veteran judge, who was unanimously appointed in 2013 to her current position by the 13 then-presiding civil judges, overwhelmingly won the bench she was seeking with 64 percent of the vote.

Judge Purdy is the first African American elected to the 95th Civil District Court (the state’s highest trial court) in the court’s 100-year history.

“I am humbled and honored that Dallas County voters put their trust in me to serve as the presiding judge of the 95th State Civil District Court,” said Judge Purdy. “I look forward to meting out justice with fairness and integrity in every case that comes before the court, and with 28 years of practicing law, including 18 years in civil litigation and the latter 10 years as a judge, I am ready to serve on day one.”

Election officials certified the 2020 General Election results on November 13, 2020. The lifelong Democrat and native of Tampa, FL will be sworn in as the presiding judge, beginning her first term in office on January 1, 2021.

She’s a graduate of two historically Black colleges and universities—Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as a global leader in the education of women of African descent, where she earned her undergraduate degree, and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, where she earned a law degree. 

While at Thurgood Marshall, she was a member of Law Review and began her legal career at the Houston office of a national law firm collecting various governmental receivables.

Judge Purdy is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a distinction she shares with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.

For more information about Judge Purdy, visit www.judgemonicapurdy.com.