Personal Profile

Full Name Sharon Keller
Age 64
Race White
Education J.D., Southern Methodist University; B.A., Rice University

Judge Sharon Keller was first elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1994.  She was elected presiding judge in 2000 and reelected to that position in 2006 and is the first woman to have served on the court.  

A native Texan, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Rice University in 1975 and her Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1978.

Keller is chairwoman of the Texas Task Force on Indigent Defense and chairwoman of the Council of State Governments Justice Center.  She is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the Judicial Advisory Council to the Community Justice Assistance Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  By virtue of her office, she is vice chairwoman of the Texas Judicial Council.

In 2003 Keller received the “Distinguished Alumni Award for Judicial Service” from the SMU Dedman School of Law.

Her current term on the Court extends through December of 2012.