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Texas Indigent Defense Commission

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13 Members

General Information

209 W. 14th St., Suite 202Austin, TX 78701


Office Office Holder Represents / Term Ends
Chair The Honorable Sharon Keller Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
Ex Officio Member(s) Sen. Brandon Creighton Texas Senate
The Honorable Nathan L. Hecht Chief Justice, Supreme Court
Rep. Abel Herrero Texas House of Representatives
Rep. Andrew Murr Texas House of Representatives
The Honorable Sherry Radack Chief Justice, 1st Court of Appeals
Linda A. Rodriguez County court or statutory county court judge appointed by the Governor
Sen. John Whitmire Texas Senate
Appointed Member(s) Alex Bunin Governor's Appointment, 02-01-2019
The Honorable Jon H. Burrows Bell County Judge, 02-01-2018
Richard A. Evans Governor's Appointment, 02-01-2018
Don Hase Governor's Appointment, 02-01-2019
The Honorable Missy Medary Tarrant County Judge, 02-01-2018


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Executive Director James D. Bethke (512) 936-6994
Grants Program Manager Edwin Colfax (512) 463-2508
Executive Assistant Marissa Kubinski (512) 936-6994
Senior Policy Monitor Joel Lieurance (512) 936-7560
Deputy Director Wesley Shackelford (512) 936-6997
Budget & Accounting Analyst Sharon Whitfield (512) 936-6998
Policy Monitor Brandon Bellows (512) 936-6996
Policy Monitor Scott Ehlers (512) 936-7551
Fiscal Monitor Joan Thomas (512) 463-8015
Fiscal Monitor Debra Stewart (512) 936-7561


The 77th Texas Legislature, through the passage of the Fair Defense Act, established the blueprint for meaningful interaction between State and local government through the creation of the first state body to administer statewide appropriations and policies. In exchange for State fiscal assistance, the local judiciary is required to report its plan for delivering indigent defense services. The Commission publishes these local plans on its website for all to view. The law also requires local county auditors to annually report county expenditures pertaining to criminal indigent defense services. The county expenditure reports are also published on the Commission website.

Renamed the Texas Indigent Defense Commission effective September 1, 2011.