Candidate Profile
Mary Lou Keel

Republican , Texas


Mary Lou Keel
Judge, Court of Crim. Appeals, Place 2

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon


Reported by Candidate

Conservative Republicans of Texas, Conservative Republicans of Harris County, Johnny Holmes, retired Harris County DA, Brett Ligon, Montgomery County DA, Bryan Goertz, Bastrop County Criminal DA, Dan Hedges, former US Atty, Southern Dist. of TX

Selected Contributions


Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Republican Women's Organizations, Ted Cruz, Texas State Rifle Association, Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.


Which current justice on the U.S. Supreme Court best reflects your judicial philosophy?


Which of the following U.S. presidents best reflects your political philosophy?


The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.


What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

His fallen nature: "If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary." James Madison, Federalist No. 51.

What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?

Legislative history should be used as a last resort if the statute's meaning cannot be gleaned from the text itself, from its context and/or from other extra-textual sources such as the larger statutory framework or legislative enactments on the same or similar subjects.

What specific text in the Declaration of Independence provides the critical basis for individual rights and the form of government guaranteed in the United States Constitution?

The Preamble: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

In which partisan primary election did you most recently vote (e.g. Democratic, Republican, etc.)?


The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than use a strict constructionist or originalist philosophy.

Strongly Disagree

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges allowing members of the same sex to marry, which justice’s opinion in that case most closely approximates your understanding of marriage?


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My beliefs are influenced by my Catholic upbringing, but I am not a practicing Catholic.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

I have acted on and advanced my conservative beliefs on the job as a trial court judge where I have earned a reputation for following the law instead of making law. I pursue justice one case at a time based on the unique facts of each case and the applicable law. I also act on and advance my beliefs by serving as a volunteer translator for dissident Cuban writers on the website I have translated almost 400 different writings to give a greater voice to the people of Cuba who are yearning to secure their own God-given rights. The Obama administration has marginalized and ignored Cuba's dissidents, and I feel that I strike a blow for liberty with each translation.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.

Additional comment from candidate:

I am offering 30 years of experience as a briefing attorney, prosecutor and felony trial court judge to advance the mission of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. That mission is to resolve criminal cases on appeal, nothing else. My opponents are offering much less in terms of experience with criminal appeals, felony cases and death penalty litigation, the things that the Court of Criminal Appeals handles. One of my opponents is a personal injury trial specialist and former member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He was never a prosecutor. He refuses to follow higher court precedent on criminal procedure if he disagrees with it. As a result he has wrongly suppressed evidence of crime and wrongly dismissed criminal cases many times. A trial court judge who refuses to follow the law undermines the rule of law. In my 21 years as a felony trial court judge, I have earned a reputation for being impartial and following the law. More information at


  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, JD, 1985
  • University of Texas, Austin, BA, 1982
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Village Republican Women, Member
  • Texas State Rifle Association, Member
  • National Rifle Association, Member
  • Federalist Society, Member
  • Red State Women, Member, contributor
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyer Project, Volunteer interpreter
  • Houston Bar Association, Member, contributor
  • Houston Read Commission, Board member
  • Judge, 232nd District Court, Held 21

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