Governor Rick Perry appointed Devon Anderson Harris County District Attorney on September 26th 2013. She succeeds her late husband, Mike Anderson. She is uniquely qualified to lead the office forward, establishing it as the flagship prosecutor’s office in America.
Devon Anderson has a long history of fighting for justice. She was a prosecutor for 12 years at the Houston DA’s office trying some of the worst criminals including, the “Railroad Killer,” Angel Maturino Resendiz. Devon rose through the ranks of the office prosecuting offenses at every level. She was a Chief Felony prosecutor for 5 years and tried over 100 felony jury trials including 7 capital murders.
In 2005, Devon left the Harris County District Attorney’s Office after being elected to serve as State District Judge in the 177th Criminal District Court. While serving as District Judge, Devon presided over an average of fifty jury trials a year involving all levels of felony offenses including capital murder, murder, child abuse, kidnapping, arson, and drug and property crimes. She supervised hundreds of probationers and monitored their compliance with conditions of their probation to ensure community safety and promote rehabilitation. Devon volunteered to supervise a special docket of non-violent offenders who struggled with substance abuse addictions. A poll conducted by the Houston Bar Association in 2007 ranked Judge Anderson second among local criminal district judges.
In 2009 Devon left the bench and started her own criminal defense firm. Her firm’s focus was on the representation of citizens accused of state and federal criminal offenses. Devon was appointed Special Prosecutor by Walker County District Judge Kenneth Keeling. In November 2012, Devon left her practice when her husband was elected Harris County District Attorney.
Devon earned her undergraduate and law degree from The University of Texas. She is a graduate of the Career Prosecutors Course at the National College of District Attorneys. After she completed the course, the National College invited her back as a faculty adviser and trial advocacy instructor. She has also taught continuing legal education classes for the State Bar of Texas and the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.
Active in the community, Devon has served as President of the Board of Directors for the Harris County Drug Court Foundation and was a member of the San Jacinto Republican Women and volunteer for the Bellaire Girls Softball Association.
Now Devon looks to finish what her husband started at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. She will work tirelessly to restore honor and integrity to a place that has a storied past of being the best prosecutor’s office in the country.
Devon grew up in Waco, Texas. She now lives in Bellaire with her 12-year-old son, Sam and 10-year-old daughter, Brynn. They are members of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.