Katherine Thomas is a native Houstonian; she attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts (“HSPVA”) where she majored in Theatre. While at HSPVA, Katherine fell in love with oral advocacy and has committed her life to public service. Katherine moved to Atlanta to study Political Science and Pre-Law at Spelman College. While at Spelman Katherine interned under President Obama’s Administration in the office of Presidential Correspondence. After Spelman, Katherine attended Howard University School of Law in Washington D.C. where she represented underrepresented constituents in the Criminal Justice Clinic. Katherine’s experience attending Spelman College and Howard University School of Law helped her understand how to use her influence and leadership to effect social change. After graduating from Howard University School of Law, Katherine transitioned back to Houston to continue pursuing her life’s work as a public servant. Katherine began her legal career at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where she currently serves as an Assistant District Attorney.
As an African American woman raised in Houston, Katherine has firsthand knowledge of the disproportionate treatment that black and brown men and women experience when faced with criminal allegations. Katherine takes solace in knowing she is making a difference in her community by applying the law fairly, speaking up for unjust sentencing, and holding every participant in the criminal justice system accountable. Katherine is committed to bringing safety back to our communities and trust in the criminal justice system. She will prioritize listening to the concerns of victims. Katherine understands the need to set appropriate bonds given the nature of the offense. Katherine is not afraid to revoke bonds for repeat violent offenders and those who continue to violate bond conditions.
Katherine will bring a wealth of knowledge to the bench as she has tried several cases as a prosecutor ranging from Murder, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Robbery, Felony DWI, Sexual Assault of a Child, Evading Arrest and Aggravated Assault. In her most recent role as a Vehicular Crimes Prosecutor, Katherine responded to vehicular related fatality crashes in Harris County. In this role, she had first hand experience working with crime victims and law enforcement agencies to combat the rise of Intoxication Manslaughter cases in Harris County. Katherine wants to be a part of the change that our County so desperately needs. She is running to serve as a Criminal District Court Judge in the 184th to work hard for the constituents of Harris County. Katherine has a staunch commitment to keep accountability and integrity at the center of everything that she does. She will use her experience and her core values to make safety a priority in her decisions as judge in the 184th Criminal District Court.
Katherine is an active member of Abounding Grace Church in Houston Texas and a proud member of the Fort Bend County (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. In her free time, Katherine enjoys exercising, traveling, spending time with family and friends and visiting new restaurants. Katherine is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter.
– Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.