First Black Woman District Attorney Chosen for Dallas

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Faith Johnson. Photo from Faith Johnson & Associates LLP.

Faith Johnson. Photo from Faith Johnson & Associates LLP.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed a new Dallas County district attorney who says she sees herself as a “servant leader” who wants the public to believe in the prosecutors at the DA’s office. Faith Johnson, a Republican former judge who is the first black woman to be Dallas’ chief prosecutor, said she will be working for all people regardless of where they live in the county or their race, reports the Dallas Morning News. “This is a fight,” she said. “Nobody loves crime. Nobody wants to be burglarized, raped or molested. I want to protect the businessman just like I want to protect the single mother caring for her babies.”

Johnson, 66, will take office Dec. 16 and is in the process of shutting down her law firm. As DA, she said she wants to bring integrity, openness and transparency to the office. Republican Susan Hawk resigned as district attorney in September to focus on her mental health after three hospitalizations kept her away from the courthouse for lengthy periods. Hawk held office for just 20 months of her four-year term. Her three immediate predecessors each served for at least eight years, and another, Henry Wade, served for 36. Johnson will remain in office through the end of 2018 to complete Hawk’s term and would have to run that year to retain the post.

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