On November 4, 2015, the voters of Harris County elected Devon Anderson District Attorney. Devon is leading the office forward and establishing it as the flagship prosecutor’s office in the United States.
Devon’s career in the law began as soon as she graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. In 1992 she started a 12-year career at the Harris County District Attorney’s office. While there, she prosecuted some of the worst criminals including the “Railroad Killer,” Angel Maturino Resendiz. Devon rose through the ranks of the office trying offenses at every level from misdemeanors to seven Capital Murders.
From 2004 to 2008, Devon served as State District Judge in the 177th Criminal District Court and then as a defense attorney. While on the bench, Devon presided over an average of fifty trials a year and volunteered to supervise Drug Court, a special docket of non-violent offenders who struggled with substance abuse addictions. On the defense side Devon focused on the representation of citizens accused of state and federal criminal offenses.
Governor Rick Perry appointed Devon Anderson Harris County District Attorney on September 26, 2013. She succeeded her late husband, Mike Anderson.
Just 10 months after taking office, Devon successfully prosecuted cop-killer, Harlem Lewis, sending him to Death Row for the senseless murders of Bellaire police officer Jimmie Norman and Good Samaritan Terry Taylor on Christmas Eve 2012.
Since that trial, Devon has focused on increasing the office’s ability to prosecute new classes of criminals like human traffickers, a growing gang population in Harris County, and money launderers who profit from dangerous industries like drug cartels, prostitution and gambling. She also has grown the office by over 100 new positions and exponentially increased training for staff in all areas of the office ensuring the implementation of new technologies and strategies to stay ahead of criminals.
While tirelessly executing the duties of District Attorney, Devon has been recognized for a number of prestigious awards including: the Association of Women Attorneys’ 2014 Premier Women in Law award, MADD’s 2014 and 2016 Policy Setter Award, Waco ISD Advanced Academic Services’ 2014 Early Leader Award, Crime Stoppers’ 2015 Johnny Klevenhagen Award, the NAACP 2016 A.L.E.X. Award for outstanding commitment to equal justice and legal excellence. She was also named by D-Mars-com as one of the 2015 Top 30 Influential Women of Houston.
Devon also serves as the chair of the Harris County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, a group of 18 elected officials and department heads whose mission is to provide coordinated leadership to address emerging and existing criminal justice system issues. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, a national 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing training and technical assistance to prosecutors.
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 is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Foundation. She has also previously volunteered for the Bellaire Girls Softball Association.
Devon grew up in Waco, Texas. She now lives in Bellaire with her 15-year-old son, Sam and 13-year-old daughter, Brynn. They are members of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.