Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Michael Keasler (R)

B.A., University of Texas at Austin; L.L.B., University of Texas at Austin
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Keasler was appointed the assistant district attorney for Dallas County in 1969 and served for 12 years. He was a senior felony chief prosecutor in the DA’s career criminal division. 

  • He was appointed judge of the 292nd District Court in Dallas in 1981 and served on the trial court there for more than 17 years. 

  • During this time, he was chairman of the State Bar Judicial Section, chairman of the Texas Center for the Judiciary's board of directors, chairman of the Dallas County Juvenile Board, chairman of the Dallas County Criminal District Judges and the presiding local administrative judge. He also chaired the American Bar Association’s State Trial Judges' Ethics Committee.

  • Keasler established the Texas College of Advanced Judicial Studies in 1993. He has been a faculty member at the National Judicial College since 1992. 

  • He was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Place 1 in 1998. He was elected to Place 6 in 2004 and re-elected to that position in 2010. 

  • Keasler is married to Nancy Lawson. She is a sixth-grade language arts teacher at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin. 


  • A Travis County residence valued at $1,358,370