Judge Theresa Chang is the Presiding Judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law #2. She was unanimously appointed by the Commissioner’s Court and elected by the voters of Harris County in 2012 and 2014.
It is extremely important to Judge Theresa Chang that Constitution is guarded and individual rights are protected, and the cases in her court are resolved in a fair and speedy fashion.
Since Judge Theresa Chang took the office in 2012, She reduced the court docket by 45%. Under Judge Chang’s leadership, less than 1% of disposed cases in Civil Court #2 went on to appeal.
Judge Chang obtained her M.S. in Chemical Engineering in the Texas A&M University System and was a registered Professional Engineer prior to earning her law degree from the South Texas College of Law Houston.
After graduation, she worked as an Assistant County Attorney for 10 years and served as Division Chief of Revenue Division and Compliance Division of the Harris County Attorney’s Office. In 2007, Chang was unanimously appointed as District Clerk of Harris County by 59 District Court Judges. Later, Chang served as an Associate Judge of Houston Municipal Courts till she became the Judge of County Civil Court #2.
Judge Chang has served as a Commissioner of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline of State Bar of Texas for 6 years. She has served on the Board of Directors of State Bar and Asian American Bar Association.
In 1997, then Governor Bush appointed Chang to serve on the Board of Regents of University of Houston System. Chang also serves and has served on the board of many community organizations, such as South Texas College of Law Houston, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Community Center, YMCA, Houston Area Urban League, Houston Grand Opera, Texas Executive Women, American Leadership Forum and Governor’s Commission for Women.
Because of Chang’s professionalism and community involvements, she has been honored as Elected Official of the Year by Texas Asian Republican Club in 2016; George Bush Award by Asian Pacific American Heritage Association in 2016; Impact Award by Asian American Bar Association in 2012; Distinguished Alumni by Texas A&M Kingsville in 2011; 50 Most Influential Women in Houston by Women Magazine in 2010; and Women on the Move by Texas Executive Women in 2005.
Judge Chang’s husband, Peter, is a cardiologist. They have been married for 35 years. They have two sons, Winston and Spencer. They are active members of Ascension Catholic Church.
Judge Chang is endorsed by many County leaders and Party leaders, please check the Endorsements page for a full list.