LeAnn Kay Rafferty Announces Candidacy for Judge of the 123rd District Court

Meet the Candidates Thurs Feb 4th 5:30 pm Windham Civic Center
“I am concerned with what is occurring right now in our community. I will protect our crime victims, offer swift justice for criminals, and restore efficiency to the 123rd Judicial District Court. If you, like me, want to see a change in our judicial system, then I am the best candidate for you and I respectfully request your vote for Judge of the 123rd District Court.”

LeAnn Kay Rafferty

LeAnn Kay Rafferty announces her candidacy for Judge of the 123rd District Court; the 123rd District Court comprises Panola and Shelby counties.  LeAnn has extensively litigated complex matters throughout state and federal courts, both in the trial court and on appeal.  In addition, LeAnn brings experience reviewing criminal and civil trial court rulings and judgments for the First District of Texas Court of Appeals; proficiency unique to LeAnn Kay Rafferty, yielding a wealth of knowledge of trial court processes. 

LeAnn was born and raised in Joaquin, Texas.  She still lives there with her husband Matthew, daughters Lila Lawson and Ava Frances, and their Labrador retriever Sage.  LeAnn, the daughter of Larry and Billie Jean Lawson Kay, is a proud, sixth-generation resident of East Texas.  LeAnn and her husband Matthew are blessed to raise their daughters in a piney woods community grounded in strong, conservative East Texas values.

Larry and Billie Jean Kay, who have been happily married for more than forty years, raised LeAnn and her sister Amanda in the Lone Cedar community of Joaquin.  LeAnn was fortunate to grow up with her close-knit family as her role models, including her great grandparents, Floyd and Della Lawson, grandparents Billy and Frances Lawson, and grandparents Fred and Ruth Kay.  Family has always been and remains a priority for LeAnn. 

LeAnn’s parents instilled in her the importance of education and hard work.  Billie Jean graduated from Joaquin High School and then served as a teacher for the Tenaha and Joaquin school districts for over thirty-five years.  Larry, who grew up in Huxley, began working in the construction industry after graduating from Joaquin High School.  LeAnn’s parents now spend their time raising cattle and teaching Lila and Ava to ride and care for their horses. 

LeAnn and her sister Amanda grew up riding horses and competing in youth, high school, college, amateur, and professional rodeos.  LeAnn learned at a young age that hard work, determination, and commitment pay off as she earned local, regional, state, and national rodeo championships.  These sound principles have served LeAnn well both in and out of the legal arena. 

After graduating from Joaquin High School, LeAnn attended Centenary College of Louisiana and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  After receiving a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center, LeAnn served as a briefing attorney for the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas reviewing trial court judgments and rulings involving both criminal and civil matters; an experience validating LeAnn’s trial court concentrations. LeAnn joined the Houston office of Tekell, Book, Allen and Morris, LLC, and maintained a complex litigation and appellate practice throughout state and federal courts.

After a number of years with Tekell Book, LeAnn moved home to Shelby County to be near her family.  LeAnn started practicing law in Center, Texas nearly five years ago and litigates complex matters in Texas and Louisiana state and federal courts.  Currently, LeAnn practices a variety of litigation, real estate law, corporate law, and contract law.  LeAnn is admitted to practice in all Texas and Louisiana state courts, as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas and the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana.  Further, the State Bar of Texas certifies LeAnn as a Guardian Ad Litem.

“My experience working for the appellate court and in private practice provides me with the insight needed to make firm rulings and judgments that will withstand attack on appeal.  I am an extremely hard worker, energetic, and passionate about preserving and protecting our justice system.  East Texas needs quality judges that will preserve, protect, and defend the United States and Texas Constitutions and all amendments therein.”

LeAnn and her family support and participate in the Shelby County Sheriff’s Posse playday series, the Still Waters Cowboy Church playday series, and the Pineywoods Youth Rodeo Association. LeAnn is a proud member of the National Rifle Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, and a lifelong member of Lone Cedar Missionary Baptist Church.

LeAnn is committed to her conservative values as evidenced by her dedication to the Republican Party.  LeAnn currently serves as the parliamentarian for the Panola County Republican Women and is a member of the Shelby County Republican Women.  LeAnn is a member of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Publicity Committee for the Go Tell Crusade. She is also committed to local philanthropic efforts and a supporter of the Child Advocacy Center, Tenaha ISD Holiday Hoops, Dresses for Dreams, Triple Crown Benefit, Shelby County Outreach Ministries, and Community Christian Services.

“I am concerned with what is occurring right now in our community. I will protect our crime victims, offer swift justice for criminals, and restore efficiency to the 123rd Judicial District Court.  If you, like me, want to see a change in our judicial system, then I am the best candidate for you and I respectfully request your vote for Judge of the 123rd District Court.” 

“I look forward to visiting with new and old friends in the next several weeks and welcome any questions regarding my candidacy and qualifications.” 

LeAnn will be attending these scheduled events as well as new dates to be announced:

Meet the Candidates!

Join the festivities as we meet the candidates, mingle with neighbors, and discuss the political future of our county.  This event is sponsored by Center Crime Stoppers; an organization established in 2011 to serve all of Shelby County, Texas.

February 4, 2016

5:30pm – doors open

6:00pm – Candidates speak

John D. Windham Civic Center

143 Express Blvd.

Center, TX 75935

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