Judge Ben Smith Launches 2020 Re-election Campaign for 380th District Court
By: 2019 Keep Judge Ben Smith
"In the almost seven years I have served as a district judge, I have endeavored to apply the laws of our state in a uniform and neutral manner, and to provide every litigant with a fair opportunity to present and defend the claims before the court," Smith said.
"I believe Collin County voters value a fair-minded judge who is faithful to the law and mindful of the trust placed in him to make difficult decisions that will have a permanent impact on the lives of those affected. Our justice system cannot function as intended unless the participants and observers have confidence in the integrity of the decisions made by the judge," Smith said. "I would be honored if given the opportunity to serve our citizens for another term."
The 380th Judicial District Court is a general jurisdiction state trial court. Judge Smith has presided over criminal felony, family law, and civil matters. Judge Smith had extensive trial court experience prior to joining the judiciary. Smith worked for eight years as an assistant district attorney in Kaufman and Collin counties. As a prosecutor, Smith excelled in many roles: chief felony prosecutor, chief of the misdemeanor division, second assistant district attorney, and chief of the special prosecution division. Smith supervised scores of young attorneys and tried hundreds of cases, ranging from misdemeanor shoplifting to mortgage fraud, and from simple assault to capital murder.
Judge Smith received his Juris Doctorate from the Boston University School of Law in 2002. He also studied law at Oxford University, United Kingdom. Prior to that, Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University's College of Communication.
Judge Smith has been a proud Texan since 2002. He and his wife Rebecca have been married for 17 years. They have two boys, Jackson and Lincoln, and two spoiled dogs, Shadow and Copper.
ABOUT JUDGE BEN SMITH
Ben Smith is the presiding judge of the 380th Judicial District Court in Collin County, a position he has held since August 2012. Judge Smith is seeking re-election to the bench in the November 3, 2020 general election. Judge Smith adheres to a conservative judicial philosophy, which means he believes that the rule of law must be the standard by which conflicts are resolved and justice is administered, not the rule of individual persuasions. Judge Smith received his Juris Doctorate from the Boston University School of Law in 2002. He also studied law at Oxford University, United Kingdom. Prior to that, Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University's College of Communication. He and his wife Rebecca have lived in Collin County since 2005. They have two boys, Jackson and Lincoln. Learn more about Ben Smith at keepjudgesmith.com.