Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Elsa Alcala (R)

B.A. Texas A&I University of Kingsville, 1986; J.D. University of Texas at Austin 1989
Dan Spjut
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • She served as an assistant district attorney in Harris County for nine years. 

  • She was then appointed, and later elected, to serve as a judge for the 338th District Court in Harris County. She served as a judge for the district court for three years. 

  • After that, she served as a justice on the 1st Court of Appeals for nine years.

  • Alcala was appointed to the Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 in 2011 by Gov. Rick Perry and won the 2012 election for the same seat. 

  • Alcala’s husband, Dan, has assets in Blue Collar, a uniform supply company based in Houston, valued between $5,000 and $9,999, according to her 2015 financial disclosure form.


  • Residential property in Harris County valued at $355,000


  • Alcala has been the sole judge on the top Texas court to call for review of the death penalty in the state.
  • In December 2016, Alcala announced on Twitter she would not seek re-election in 2018.