SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- Larry Phillips announced Thursday his intention to seek the position of Judge of the 59th District Court.
In October, Judge Rayburn "Rim" Nall announced his retirement from this position, creating a vacancy.
“I want to thank Judge Nall for his many years of dedicated service on the bench," Phillips said "If elected, I especially look forward to continuing Judge Nall’s nationally recognized drug court program, helping individuals and families confront drug addiction while at the same time maintaining public safety and the rule of law in our community.”
Phillips has also served 8 terms in the Texas Legislature as the State Representative for District 62.
During this time, Phillips handled an extensive range of legislative matters, serving as Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, House Committee on Insurance, and the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.
Phillips has served on a number of Select Committees including the Select Interim Committee on Construction Industry-Related Workers' Compensation Issues, the Joint Select Committee on the Operation and Management of the Texas Youth Commission and the Select Committee on Criminal Justice Legislative Oversight.
“The proper venue for creating laws is the Texas Legislature, not the bench,” said Phillips. “I understand this important distinction, firsthand, and will follow the law as written as well as ensure that justice is not thwarted by lawyer’s courtroom antics. Court’s should be operated to administer justice, decisions being based on the facts of each case, nothing more and nothing less."
Phillips earned a bachelors degree from Baylor University and his law degree from the University of Houston School of Law.
Phillips is a partner of the law firm of Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith LLP and has practiced law for 26 years.
Phillips has practiced extensively in Grayson County courts, and previously served as a special prosecutor for juvenile cases for Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown. He also is a qualified Texas Mediator, a former President of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
Phillips is married with three children. The Phillipes are long-time, active members of Sherman Bible Church.
Phillips has a proven record of local community involvement including past service on the Grayson County Salvation Advisory Board, the True Options (Pro-Life) Pregnancy Center (formerly the Grayson County Crisis Pregnancy Center) and in leadership roles with the Texoma Valley District of the Boy Scouts of America.
Phillips and his wife, Robin have also worked extensively on behalf of the Grayson County Republican Party and other conservative grassroots causes and candidates.
Phillips’ bid for Judge has been endorsed by many citizens and community leaders including Grayson County Sheriff Tom Watt, retired Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary, and Grayson County Commissioners Jeff Whitmire, David Whitlock, Phyllis James and Bart Lawrence.