Cheryl Johnson was a Place 5 judge at the Texas Courts of Criminal Affair and was also a part of the Board of Directors for the Austin Criminal Defense Attorneysa Association. She had won the election for two more times in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals after this.

Personal Life

Cheryl Johnson was born on 30th September, 1946 in Aurora, Illinois and her hometown is Columbus, Ohio. She is a Methodist Christian and belongs to the white race. She completed her high school diploma from Whetstone High School in Columbus, Ohio in 1964. She then proceeded to complete her Bachelor degree in Chemistry from the Ohio State University in 1968. She did her Master degree. in Inorganic Crystallography from the University of Illinois in 1970. She worked at the private sector as a computer programmer and a chemist until she entered the law school.

 She then completed her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 1983 with high distinction. She had interned for Sam Johnson, a judge, who is in no relation whatsoever with her, from the United State Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1983 to 1984. She also practiced solo in Austin from 1984 to 1998. At present, Cheryl and conducted her marriage with Lt. Greg William Lasley born in 1949 who is a retired lieutenant from the Austin Police Department live together in Dripping Springs, Texas. Till date there is no reference of any biography that has been written on her.


Cheryl although was practicing privately she tried to win the elections at the Texas Courts of Criminal Appeals, however in 1996 she not successfully perform in the Republican runoff election. She lost to Tom Price of Dallas and won a total of 128,363 votes for this nomination which is around 57.2 percent of the total. Therefore, she could not win the nomination that year.

Tom Price also won the general elections that year by defeating the Democratic Party that year by defeating Frank Maloney who was the candidate against him. When she applied again after two years, she won the nomination at a very narrow margin. This time she had won the position of the Place 2 judge for the Texas Courts of Criminal Appeals as a representative from the Republican Party.

Later on 14th April 1998, when a runoff election was held, she defeated her intra party opponent Harvey Hudson by a good margin. She also later defeated the Democratic Party contestant Winston Cochran in a huge margin. She came to position after the Democratic candidate Morris Overstreet who was an African American judge was unsuccessful for the state attorney general against Jim Mattox.

In 2004 she got re-elected with 85.8 percent votes and in 2010 she secured 82.9 percent votes. She finished her term as Place 5 judge on 31st December 2016 and did not seek any re-election after that. She was succeeded on 1st January 2017 by the Republican Party member Scott Walker. Her net worth is however not given till date.

Last Modified: Apr 17, 2018

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