Judge Tom Price was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in November 1996 and is only the third person from Dallas to be elected to this position.
Judge Price was born in Des Moines, Iowa and came to Texas in 1957. He attended Highland Park High School in Dallas and then served in the Marine Corps during the early Vietnam era. After the Marine Corps, Judge Price worked his way through East Texas State University and then Baylor University School of Law where he graduated in 1970.
In 1974, with four years of experience in private practice completed, Judge Price was elected judge of Dallas County Criminal Court Number 5 and served three consecutive terms. He received a vote of confidence from his fellow jurists in the county courts when they elected him their presiding judge. Judge Price was elected to the 282nd Criminal District Court in 1986 and was re-elected in 1990 and 1994. He was again honored by his judicial peers in 1991 when they elected him presiding judge of the criminal district courts, a position he held throughout his tenure on the district bench.
Judge Price demonstrated his commitment to community service by chairing the Community Justice Council Committee from 1991 to 1996. As chairman for the council, he played a predominant role in the site selection, construction, and administration of the Dallas County State Jail Facility, the largest facility of its kind in the State of Texas. He was also the primary decision maker in the site selection, construction and hiring for the Dallas County Judicial Drug Treatment Center.
Judge Price has two children, Jan and Brian.
His current term on this court is through 2008.