Joy Dawson Thomas For Texas State Representative District 126
My desire to serve my community started with the kids, but doesn’t end there. Although I believe the historic “No Child Left Behind” initiative has fallen by the wayside and desperately need revamping, I also feel very passionate about judicial reform and elder care. I know I have the knowledge, experience and work ethic to effect positive change in district 126.
I grew up in the North Houston and Spring community. I attended elementary, middle and high school in the Spring Independent School District, which is in the district I aspire to serve as State Representative. I spent several years serving my community as a Police Officer at various police departments. I ultimately made the bold step of applying to the Department of Treasury and was hired as a Customs Inspector in the legacy agency that is now a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. I persevered at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and earned an award for “Academic Honor Graduate” for the highest academic grade in the academy class and “Overall Outstanding Graduate” for the highest combined score in academics, fitness and firearms.
My constant quest to find the culpable needle in a hay stack of criminal activity led me to a Special Agent position with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). I returned to FLETC to train to conduct federal criminal investigations and earned my second fitness award. I went on to achieve my first indictment in Memphis, Tennessee within six months of graduating the academy. I went on to conduct investigations of all types of criminal activity including immigration, fraud, identity theft, narcotic interdiction and smuggling, human and sex trafficking, child pornography and many other law enforcement issues that plague our state and my district.
My time as an ICE Agent was interrupted by my discontent with the policy and procedure utilized in prosecuting the cases and the manner in which the detainees were handled. Every case is not the same. I decided the best thing for me to do is try the cases myself, so I resigned to attend law school.
Considering I did not finish college when I was young, I had to re-enter the world of higher education at the under graduate level before attending law school. I earned a BS in Political Science from the University of Houston- Downtown and a Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. I am the owner and managing attorney at The Dawson Thomas Law Group where I focus on criminal defense, estate planning and family law cases. When I am not practicing law, I enjoy teaching Texas Government and Federal Government at the University of Houston- Downtown and coaching the law students in trial advocacy. I also created an “Attorney for the Day” summer internship program for middle and high school students. One day a week during the summer vacation I allow students to travel with me to court and experience my career from an inside perspective. Observing the fire that ignites inside them is a treat to watch.