Meet Faith

Faith’s Journey

As the youngest of thirteen children, Faith often shared a bed with two or three siblings. Although her family faced adversity, Faith’s dad worked hard and instilled responsibility, strong beliefs, and a tireless work ethic in his children. From those humble beginnings, Faith went on to become the first African-American woman in Dallas County elected as Criminal Judge—and now she is our first African-American woman District Attorney.

The Dallas County DA’s office is one of the nation’s largest, with a staff of over 450 handling about 100,000 cases per year. After the sudden resignation of the previous DA, Governor Abbott appointed Faith to the office in early 2017. Her first challenge was turning around a huge operation in disarray. Faith took over and quickly restored the dignity, integrity, and efficiency of the office.

 

A groundbreaking career in Dallas County

1982: Started work as a criminal prosecutor for Dallas County. Worked her way up to handling felony child abuse cases. Became the first official Chief of the Child Abuse Unit. Later, she became the first African-American woman to be named Chief Felony Prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

1989: Became the first African-American woman elected as criminal district judge in Texas, serving for 17 years. As judge, she handled thousands of felony cases ranging from drug possession and theft to sexual assault, child abuse, and capital murder.

2014: Appointed to the Texas Public Safety Commission, where, as one of five commissioners, she oversaw homeland security, border patrol, and anti-terrorism efforts in Texas.

2016: Appointed Dallas County District Attorney by Governor Abbott.

Since her appointment, Faith’s District Attorney’s office has taken a progressive approach to criminal justice reform. She understands that the job of DA is deciding who belongs in jail and who deserves a second chance.

 

Education

Faith Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in community counseling from Georgia State University. She received her law degree from Texas Southern University.