Kelli Johnson

Harris County Criminal District Court, 178th District

Kelli will continue to provide LGBTQ representation on Texas criminal court bench


Kelli Johnson has been a Harris County Assistant District Attorney for 17 years and for the past 8 years she has been a Felony Chief Prosecutor in the Trial Bureau, and previously White Collar Crime. She has handled thousands of cases from misdemeanors to Capital Murder. She has been honored during this time by victim’s groups and law enforcement agencies. In 2008, she was named Prosecutor of the Year and in 2010 she was honored by HPD for her outstanding work in gang prosecution.One of her most recent cases was profiled on the ABC TV show “20/20”.

A native Texan, Kelli Johnson was born and raised in Sulphur Springs, Texas. She graduated with honors from Texas Christian University and received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Houston’s South Texas College of Law. During law school, she clerked for Judge Charlie Baird of the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Prior to entering law school, Kelli served two years for the White House Press Advance team in Washington, DC. She has traveled extensively and has been an advocate for many charitable causes including child abuse and neglect, Race for the Cure, Health Care for the Homeless, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, and Water Wells for Ghana. She also is an advocate for expanding programs in mental health concerns and addiction recovery.

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