Personal Profile


Full Name Dale Wainwright
Age 53
Race Black
Occupation Judge
Education J.D. University of Chicago Law School; B.A. Howard University
Spouse Debbie
Religion Baptist
Church Second Baptist Church

Justice Dale Wainwright was elected to the Supreme Court of Texas in 2002, and reelected in 2008. He previously served as presiding judge of the 334th Civil District Court in Harris County.

Wainwright was appointed to the civil district court in 1999 by former Gov. George W. Bush. The Houston Bar Association gave Wainwright a 90 percent approval rating in the judicial evaluation poll and he has resolved more than 3,000 cases.

In 2001, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Wainwright to a temporary commission to serve as justice on the Supreme Court. From 2004 through 2008 Wainwright served as the U.S. Supreme Court's liaison to the State Bar of Texas to oversee the 85,000-member organization.

Before his appointment to the bench Wainwright practiced law for the Haynes and Boone and Andrews & Kurth law firms in Houston. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, studied at the London School of Economics and earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University, summa cum laude. He was also named valedictorian of his high school graduating class.

He served on the Visiting Committees of the University of Chicago Law School and South Texas College of Law and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Wainwright co-founded the Aspiring Youth Program, served on the board of directors of the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Texas Young Lawyers Association; and served as president of the Houston Young Lawyers Association.

He received the Legal Excellence Award in 2000 from the NAACP and was recognized for outstanding legal service by the Houston Lawyers Association. In 1995, Chief Justice Tom Phillips appointed him to a task force of the Texas Commission on Judicial Efficiency.

He and his wife, Debbie, have three sons – Jeremy, Phillip and Joshua.

His term ends December 31, 2014.