Biography Of Commissioner Jack Cagle

R. Jack Cagle

Judge, County Civil Court at Law No. 1

In May, 2000, the Harris County Republican Executive Committee nominated R. Jack Cagle as the party nominee for Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 1. In the general election of 2000, he was elected by the voters of Harris County to this position and re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010.  Jack Cagle has presided over more than 725 civil jury trials and tens of thousands bench trials, involving every aspect of contested legal issues.


Baylor School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1986
Rice University, BA Triple Major, History, Economics & Managerial Studies (1983)


Judge: Harris County Civil Court at Law #1, 2000- present,
Staff litigation Counsel, Probate Court #3,
Associate Judge, 311th Family District Court,
Substitute Associate Judge, 257th and the 309th District Courts,
Special Master, condemnation cases for Harris County Civil Courts,
Intern, McLennan County District Attorney's Office,
Private law practice: represented litigants in more than 700 cases, in commercial, real estate, constitutional, personal injury, probate, family, juvenile and criminal law.
In addition to his community service, Judge Cagle is an

  • Adjunct Professor of Law at the University Houston Law Center;
  • Former Board Member, Mexican American Bar Association;
  • Former Director, Association of Women Attorneys;
  • Houston Bar Association Night Court participant;
  • Lecturer, CLE (Continuing Legal Education) for Houston Bar Association, Texas Center for Judiciary, South Texas College of Law, SMU, and St. Mary's College of Law;
  • Faculty member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA);
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at the University Houston Law Center; 
  • Administrative Judge, all four county civil courts;
  • President, Texas Association of County Court at Law Judges, 2011


Civil "Judge of the Year", P.O.L.I.C.E. Inc., (Peace Officers Looking Into Court House Excellence);
"Amicus" award, Mexican American Bar Association of Houston;
County Civil "Judge of the Year", Houston Police Officer's Union (HPOU);  
Consistently high ratings from the Houston Bar Association and other bar organizations


Jack and Janet Cagle celebrated 29 years of marriage and have three children; Richard, a wildlife biology major at Texas A&M Kingsville, Victoria, a High School ballerina, and Elizabeth, an Elementary soccer player.  They serve at Second Baptist Church Cypress Campus. Judge Cagle enjoys family time, the outdoors, classical literature and playing his bass guitar.


Justice Cagle has served as a Republican Precinct Chair in two precincts covering a span of eight years. He has attended every precinct and senatorial district convention since 1988. He has been a delegate to numerous Republican state conventions.

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