Dallas County, Texas

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Dallas County, Texas
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The former Dallas County Courthouse in March 2009
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Location within the U.S. state of Texas
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Texas's location within the U.S.
FoundedMarch 30, 1846
Named for George M. Dallas
Seat Dallas
Largest cityDallas
Area
  Total909 sq mi (2,354 km2)
  Land873 sq mi (2,261 km2)
  Water36 sq mi (93 km2), 4.0%
Population (est.)
  (2017)2,618,148 [1]
  Density2,999/sq mi (1,139/km2)
Congressional districts 5th, 24th, 30th, 32nd, 33rd
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.dallascounty.org

Dallas County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,368,139. [2] It is Texas' second-most populous county and the ninth-most populous in the United States. Its county seat is Dallas, [3] which is also Texas' third-largest city and the ninth-largest city in the United States. The county was founded in 1846 and was possibly named for George Mifflin Dallas, the 11th Vice President of the United States under U.S. President James K. Polk.[ disputed ]

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Texas State of the United States of America

Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.

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Dallas County is included in the DallasFort WorthArlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area (colloquially referred to as the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex).

Dallas City in Texas, United States

Dallas, officially the City of Dallas, is a city in the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Dallas County, with portions extending into Collin, Denton, Kaufman and Rockwall counties. With an estimated 2017 population of 1,341,075, it is the ninth most-populous city in the U.S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. It is also the eighteenth most-populous city in North America as of 2015. Located in North Texas, the city of Dallas is the main core of the largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States and the largest inland metropolitan area in the U.S. that lacks any navigable link to the sea. It is the most populous city in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country at 7.5 million people as of 2018. The city's combined statistical area is the seventh-largest in the U.S. as of 2017, with 7,846,293 residents.

Fort Worth, Texas City in Texas, United States

Fort Worth is a city in the U.S. state of Texas. It is the 15th-largest city in the United States and fifth-largest city in Texas. It is the county seat of Tarrant County, covering nearly 350 square miles (910 km2) into four other counties: Denton, Johnson, Parker, and Wise. According to the 2017 census estimates, Fort Worth's population is 874,168. Fort Worth is the second-largest city in the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, which is the 4th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Arlington, Texas City in Texas, United States

Arlington is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, located in Tarrant County. It is part of the Mid-Cities region of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, approximately 12 miles (19 km) east of downtown Fort Worth and 20 miles (32 km) west of downtown Dallas.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 909 square miles (2,350 km2), of which 873 square miles (2,260 km2) is land and 36 square miles (93 km2) (4.0%) is water. [4]

United States Census Bureau Bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

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Adjacent counties

Collin County, Texas County in the United States

Collin County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 United States Census, the county's population was 782,341, making it the seventh-most populous county in Texas and the 63rd-largest county by population in the United States. The 2017 Census Bureau estimate for Collin County's population is 969,603. Its county seat is McKinney.

Rockwall County, Texas County in the United States

Rockwall County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. At 149 square miles, Rockwall County has the smallest area of any Texas county. As of the 2014 U.S. census estimate, its population was 87,809. Its county seat is Rockwall. The county and city are named for a wall-like subterranean rock formation that runs throughout the county.

Kaufman County, Texas County in the United States

Kaufman County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 103,350. Its county seat is Kaufman. Both the county, established in 1848, and the city were named for David S. Kaufman, a diplomat and U.S. Representative from Texas.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1850 2,743
1860 8,665215.9%
1870 13,81459.4%
1880 33,488142.4%
1890 67,042100.2%
1900 82,72623.4%
1910 135,74864.1%
1920 210,55155.1%
1930 325,69154.7%
1940 398,56422.4%
1950 614,79954.3%
1960 951,52754.8%
1970 1,327,32139.5%
1980 1,556,39017.3%
1990 1,852,81019.0%
2000 2,218,89919.8%
2010 2,368,1396.7%
Est. 20172,618,148 [1] 10.6%
U.S. Decennial Census [5]
2012 Estimate [2]

2015 Texas population estimate program

As of the 2015 Texas population estimate program, the population of the county was 2,541,528: non-Hispanic whites, 713,835 (28.1%); non-Hispanic blacks, 565,020 (22.2%); other non-Hispanics, 197,082 (7.7%); and Hispanics and Latinos (of any race), 1,065,591 (41.9%). [6]

Non-Hispanic whites, are European Americans, Middle Eastern Americans, and North African Americans as defined by the United States Census Bureau.

African Americans are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the black racial groups of Africa. The term typically refers to descendants of enslaved black people who are from the United States.

Hispanic Americans and Latino Americans are Americans who are descendants of people from Spain and Latin America, respectively. More generally, it includes all Americans who speak the Spanish language natively, and who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino, whether of full or partial ancestry. For the 2010 United States Census, people counted as "Hispanic" or "Latino" were those who identified as one of the specific Hispanic or Latino categories listed on the census questionnaire as well as those who indicated that they were "other Spanish, Hispanic or Latino." The national origins classified as Hispanic or Latino by the United States Census Bureau are the following: Argentine, Cuban, Colombian, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, Costa Rican, Guatemalan, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Salvadoran, Bolivian, Spanish American, Chilean, Ecuadorian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Uruguayan, and Venezuelan. Brazilian Americans, other Portuguese-speaking Latino groups, and non-Spanish speaking Latino groups in the United States are solely defined as "Latino" by some U.S. government agencies. The Census Bureau uses the terms Hispanic and Latino interchangeably.

2010 Census

As of the census [7] of 2010, there were 2,368,139 people, 807,621 households, and 533,837 families residing in the county. The population density was 2,523 people per square mile (974/km²). There were 854,119 housing units at an average density of 971/sq mi (375/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 53.54 White (33.12% Non-Hispanic White), 22.30% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 5.15% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 14.04% from other races, and 2.70% from two or more races. 38.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

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Population density A measurement of population numbers per unit area or volume

Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume; it is a quantity of type number density. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and most of the time to humans. It is a key geographical term. In simple terms population density refers to the number of people living in an area per kilometer square.

There were 807,621 households out of which 35.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.90% were married couples living together, 14.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.90% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.34. As of the 2010 census, there were about 8.8 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county. [8]

In the wider county, the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 10.70% from 18 to 24, 34.40% from 25 to 44, 18.90% from 45 to 64, and 8.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was US$43,324, and the median income for a family was $49,062. Males had a median income of $34,988 versus $29,539 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,603. About 10.60% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.00% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Government, Courts, and Politics

Government

Dallas County, like all counties in Texas, is governed by a Commissioners Court. This court consists of the county judge (the chairperson of the court), who is elected county-wide, and four commissioners who are elected by the voters in each of four precincts.

The Commissioners Court is the policy-making body for the county; in addition, the county judge is the senior executive and administrative position in the county. The Commissioners Court sets the county tax rate, adopts the budget, appoints boards and commissions, approves grants and personnel actions, and oversees the administration of county government. Each commissioner also supervises a Road and Bridge District. The Commissioners Court also approves the budget and sets the tax rate for the hospital district, which is charged with the responsibility for providing acute medical care for citizens who otherwise would not receive adequate medical services. [9]

County Commissioners [10]

OfficeNameParty
 County JudgeClay JenkinsDemocratic
 Commissioner, Precinct 1Theresa DanielDemocratic
 Commissioner, Precinct 2J.J. KochRepublican
 Commissioner, Precinct 3 John Wiley Price Democratic
 Commissioner, Precinct 4Elba GarciaDemocratic

County Officials [10]

OfficeNameParty
 County ClerkJohn WarrenDemocratic
 Criminal District AttorneyJohn CreuzotDemocratic
 District ClerkFelicia PitreDemocratic
 SheriffMarian BrownDemocratic
 Tax Assessor-CollectorJohn AmesDemocratic
 TreasurerPauline MedranoDemocratic

Constables [10]

OfficeNameParty
 Constable, Precinct 1Tracey GulleyDemocratic
 Constable, Precinct 2Bill Gipson, IIDemocratic
 Constable, Precinct 3Ben AdamcikRepublican
 Constable, Precinct 4Edward WrightDemocratic
 Constable, Precinct 5Michael OrozcoDemocratic

Justices of the Peace [10]

OfficeNameParty
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 1Thomas G. JonesDemocratic
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2Valencia NashDemocratic
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 1Margaret O’BrienDemocratic
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2Katina WhitfieldDemocratic
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 1Al CerconeRepublican
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 2Steven L. SeiderRepublican
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 1Mike JonesDemocratic
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 2Sasha MorenoDemocratic
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 1Sara MartinezDemocratic
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 2Juan JassoDemocratic

Courts

County Criminal Courts [10]

OfficeNameParty
 County Criminal Court No. 1Dan PattersonDemocratic
 County Criminal Court No. 2Julia HayesDemocratic
 County Criminal Court No. 3Doug SkempDemocratic
 County Criminal Court No. 4Nancy MulderDemocratic
 County Criminal Court No. 5Lisa GreenDemocratic
 County Criminal Court No. 6Angela M. KingDemocratic
 County Criminal Court No. 7Elizabeth CrowderDemocratic
 County Criminal Court No. 8Tina Yoo ClintonDemocratic
 County Criminal Court No. 9Peggy hoffmanDemocratic
 County Criminal Court No. 10Roberto Canas, Jr.Democratic
 County Criminal Court No. 11Shequitta KellyDemocratic

County Criminal Courts of Appeals [10]

OfficeNameParty
 County Criminal Court of Appeals No. 1Kristin WadeDemocratic
 County Criminal Court of Appeals No. 2Jeff RosenfieldDemocratic

County Civil Courts [10]

OfficeNameParty
 County Court at Law No. 1D'Metria BensonDemocratic
 County Court at Law No. 2King FiferDemocratic
 County Court at Law No. 3Sally MontgomeryDemocratic
 County Court at Law No. 4Ken TapscottDemocratic
 County Court at Law No. 5Mark GreenbergDemocratic

County Probate Courts [10]

OfficeNameParty
 County Probate Court No. 1Brenda Hull ThompsonDemocratic
 County Probate Court No. 2Ingrid Michelle WarrenDemocratic
 County Probate Court No. 3Margaret Jones-JohnsonDemocratic

Criminal District Courts [10]

OfficeNameParty
 Criminal District Court No. 1Robert BurnsDemocratic
 Criminal District Court No. 2Nancy KennedyDemocratic
 Criminal District Court No. 3Gracie LewisDemocratic
 Criminal District Court No. 4Dominique CollinsDemocratic
 Criminal District Court No. 5Carter ThompsonDemocratic
 Criminal District Court No. 6Jeanine HowardDemocratic
 Criminal District Court No. 7Vacant
 194th District CourtErnest White IIIDemocratic
 195th District CourtHector GarzaDemocratic
 203rd District CourtTeresa HawthorneDemocratic
 204th District CourtTammy KempDemocratic
 265th District CourtJennifer BennettDemocratic
 282nd District CourtAmber Givens-DavisDemocratic
 283rd District CourtVacant
 291st District CourtStephanie MitchellDemocratic
 292nd District CourtBrandon BirminghamDemocratic
 363rd District CourtTracy HolmesDemocratic

Civil District Courts [10]

OfficeNameParty
 14th District CourtEric MoyéDemocratic
 44th District CourtBonnie Lee GoldsteinDemocratic
 68th District CourtMartin HoffmanDemocratic
 95th District CourtKen MolbergDemocratic
 101st District CourtStaci WilliamsDemocratic
 116th District CourtTonya ParkerDemocratic
 134th District CourtDale TilleryDemocratic
 160th District CourtJim JordanDemocratic
 162nd District CourtMaricela MooreDemocratic
 191st District CourtGena SlaughterDemocratic
 192nd District CourtCraig SmithDemocratic
 193rd District CourtCarl GinsbergDemocratic
 298th District CourtEmily TobolowskyDemocratic

Family District Courts [10]

OfficeNameParty
 254th District CourtDarlene EwingDemocratic
 255th District CourtKim CooksDemocratic
 256th District CourtDavid LopezDemocratic
 301st District CourtMary BrownDemocratic
 302nd District CourtTena CallahanDemocratic
 303rd District CourtDennise GarciaDemocratic
 330th District CourtAndrea PlumleeDemocratic

Juvenile District Courts [10]

OfficeNameParty
 304th District CourtAndrea MartinDemocratic
 305th District CourtCheryl Lee ShannonDemocratic

County Services

The Parkland Health & Hospital System (Dallas County Hospital District) operates the Parkland Memorial Hospital and various health centers.

The Commissioners Court meets the first and third Tuesday at the Commissioners Courtroom located in the Dallas County Administration Building at 411 Elm St., corner of Elm and Houston streets. The building was the headquarters of the Texas School Book Depository Company until 1970. Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy from a window located on the sixth floor which today houses the Sixth Floor Museum dedicated to the late president's memory.

Acts of the commissioners court are known as 'court orders'. These orders include setting county policies and procedures, issuing contracts, authorizing expenditures, and managing county resources and departments. Most importantly, the commissioners court sets the annual tax rate and the budget for Dallas County government and the courts. The commissioners also set the tax rate and budget for the Dallas County Hospital District which operates Parkland Hospital.

The commissioners court has direct control over all county offices and departments not otherwise administered by a county elected official. Those departments include Dallas County Elections, Health and Human Services, Facilities Management, Parks and Open Space Program, I.T. Services, Homeland Security and Emergency Services, among others. Through their budget making powers, the commissioners exercise indirect control over the District Attorney's office, Sheriff, District Clerk, County Clerk and County Treasurer. The commissioners also set the budget for each of the District, County, and Justice courts.

Dallas County employs a commissioners court administrator who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the commissioners court and implementing the Dallas County Master Plan and the directives of the commissioners court. The current commissioners court administrator is Darryl Martin who was hired by the commissioners in 2008.

Dallas County Jail, 111 West Commerce Street Dallas County Jail 111 W Commerce Street.jpg
Dallas County Jail, 111 West Commerce Street

Dallas County operates several jail facilities. They include: [11]

  • 111 Riverfront Blvd (Dallas)
    • North Tower Jail
    • South Tower Jail - also known as the "Suzanne Kays Tower"
    • West Tower Jail
  • Government Center Jail - 600 Commerce Street (Dallas)
  • Decker Detention Center - 899 North Stemmons Freeway (Dallas)
  • (formerly) Suzanne Kays Jail - 521 North Industrial Boulevard (Dallas) - population integrated into the South Tower; demolished to clear way for the Trinity River Project [12]

Texas Department of Criminal Justice operates the Hutchins State Jail for men in an unincorporated area adjacent to Hutchins. [13] Corrections Corporation of America operates the Dawson Unit, a co-gender state jail in Downtown Dallas, under contract. [14]

Federal Correctional Institution, Seagoville, is located in Seagoville.

Politics

Dallas County's post-war growth transformed it from a Democratic Solid South stronghold into a conservative sunbelt county that voted for the Republican presidential candidate in every election from 1952 to 2004, except when Texas native Lyndon B. Johnson successfully ran for a full term as President on the Democratic ticket in 1964. In the 2004 election, Democrats won their first countywide administrative office since 1986 by electing Lupe Valdez to the office of Dallas County Sheriff. The last Democratic countywide administrator was D. Connally elected County Surveyor prior to the office's abolition. Democrats also won three district court benches in 2004. Two years later in 2006, Democrats swept every contested countywide race including County Judge, District Clerk, County Clerk, District Attorney and County Treasurer as well as every contested judicial seat.

Starting in 1992, Dallas County began voting more Democratic than the state of Texas as a whole, with relatively narrow wins from 1992 to 2004 even as the Republican nominee won Texas easily. This trend culminated in 2008 when Barack Obama won Dallas County with a substantial margin. Obama's coattails allowed Democrats to win the remaining Republican held judicial seats. In 2012, Obama won Dallas County by virtually the same margin as he had done in 2008. In 2016, Hillary Clinton increased the Democratic margin of victory even further. She became the first Democrat to win 60% of Dallas County since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, whilst under Donald Trump the Republicans failed to win 40% of the vote in the county for the first time since 1948.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results [15]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 34.3% 262,94560.2%461,0805.4% 41,657
2012 41.6% 295,81357.0%405,5711.4% 10,228
2008 41.9% 310,00057.2%422,9891.0% 7,085
2004 50.4%346,24649.0% 336,6410.7% 4,822
2000 52.6%322,34544.9% 275,3082.5% 15,386
1996 46.8%260,05846.0% 255,7667.2% 40,129
1992 38.7%256,00735.0% 231,41226.3% 173,833
1988 58.4%347,09440.9% 243,1980.7% 4,246
1984 66.4%405,44433.4% 203,5920.2% 1,460
1980 59.2%306,68236.8% 190,4594.1% 21,072
1976 56.7%263,08142.3% 196,3031.1% 5,001
1972 69.5%305,11229.6% 129,6620.9% 4,021
1968 50.7%184,19334.1% 123,80915.3% 55,552
1964 45.1% 137,06554.7%166,4720.2% 621
1960 62.2%149,36937.0% 88,8760.9% 2,054
1956 65.1%125,36134.0% 65,4721.0% 1,862
1952 62.7%118,21836.8% 69,3940.5% 850
1948 37.8% 35,66450.3%47,46411.9% 11,216
1944 22.4% 21,09964.8%60,90912.8% 12,028
1940 25.1% 16,57474.7%49,4310.2% 131
1936 14.5% 7,20484.9%42,1530.6% 300
1932 19.1% 8,91980.1%37,3630.8% 371
1928 60.9%27,27238.9% 17,4370.2% 78
1924 21.6% 8,61875.8%30,2072.5% 1,012
1920 23.4% 4,98467.4%14,3909.2% 1,973
1916 15.7% 2,55482.5%13,4101.8% 289
1912 6.1% 59079.8%7,72514.1% 1,367

The Democratic gains in the county are primarily due to the exurban migration of disproportionately conservative, Republican-voting residents to the neighboring counties of Collin, Denton and Rockwall [16] As a result, those counties have become more solidly Republican. The tremendous growth in these neighboring counties was part of a larger explosion in exurban growth throughout the nation over the last decade which coincided with the real estate bust in 2007. [17] In North Texas, exurban growth was accelerated by transportation infrastructure expansion including the extensions of U.S. 75 north and the Dallas North Tollway in the mid 1990s, and the completion of the George Bush Turnpike after 2001. These and other enhancements opened up vast tracts of farmland to new housing developments. [18]

Dallas County has three openly LGBT elected county officials. Lupe Valdez elected Sheriff in 2004 and a candidate for reelection in 2012; Jim Foster, elected county judge in 2006 serving one term then defeated in the Democratic primary in 2010; and Gary Fitzsimmons, elected District Clerk in 2006. [19]

Although Dallas County has become much friendlier to Democrats in Presidential and Senate elections since 1992, it remains a mostly Republican county in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Texas Legislature as a result of the legislature having engaged in what a federal district court has found to be illegal gerrymandering [20] the districts to pack heavily Democratic non-whites into very few districts and split the rest of them with more conservative white areas in Dallas and surrounding counties.

State Board of Education members

DistrictNameParty
 District 11Patricia HardyRepublican
 District 12Geraldine MillerRepublican
 District 13Erika BeltranDemocratic

Texas State Representatives

DistrictNamePartyResidence
 District 100Eric JohnsonDemocraticDallas
 District 102Ana-Maria RamosDemocraticDallas
 District 103Rafael AnchiaDemocraticDallas
 District 104Roberto R. AlonzoDemocraticDallas
 District 105Terry MezaDemocratIrving
 District 107Victoria NeaveDemocraticDallas
 District 108Morgan MeyerRepublicanDallas
 District 109Carl Sherman Sr.DemocraticDe Soto
 District 110Toni RoseDemocraticDallas
 District 111Yvonne DavisDemocraticDallas
 District 112Angie Chen ButtonRepublicanRichardson
 District 113Rhett Andrews BowersDemocraticGarland
 District 114John TurnerDemocraticDallas
 District 115Julie JohnsonDemocraticIrving

Texas State Senators

DistrictNamePartyResidence
 District 2Bob HallRepublicanEdgewood (Van Zandt County)
 District 8Angela PaxtonRepublicanMcKinney (Collin County)
 District 9Kelly HancockRepublicanFort Worth
 District 16Nathan JohnsonDemocraticDallas
 District 23Royce WestDemocraticDallas

United States Representatives

DistrictNamePartyResidence
  Texas's 5th congressional district Lance Gooden RepublicanTerrell
  Texas's 24th congressional district Kenny Marchant RepublicanCoppell
  Texas's 30th congressional district Eddie Bernice Johnson DemocraticDallas
  Texas's 32nd congressional district Colin Allred DemocraticDallas
  Texas's 33rd congressional district Marc Veasey DemocraticFort Worth

Education

The following school districts serve Dallas County:

Transportation

Dallas Area Rapid Transit provides bus and rail service to many cities in Dallas County, with Dallas being the largest.

The Trinity Railway Express provides commuter rail service to Tarrant County, including downtown Fort Worth.

Major highways

NOTE: US 67 and US 77 are not signed fully along their routes in Dallas County.

Airports

Love Field, located in Dallas and in Dallas County, serves only domestic passengers.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is partially located in the city of Irving in Dallas County, and Grapevine and Euless in Tarrant County.

Communities

Cities (multiple counties)

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated community

Historical communities

See also

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The Texas Courts of Appeals are part of the Texas judicial system. In Texas, all cases appealed from district and county courts, criminal and civil, go to one of the fourteen Texas Courts of Appeals, with one exception: death penalty cases. The latter are taken directly to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest Texas court for criminal matters. The court of last resort for civil cases is the Texas Supreme Court. The number of justices on each intermediate court of appeals is set by statute.

2008 United States House of Representatives elections in Texas

The 2008 elections for the Texas delegation of the United States House of Representatives was held on November 4, 2008. 31 of 32 congressional seats that make up the state's delegation were contested. In Texas's 14th congressional district no one challenged incumbent Ron Paul. Since Representatives are elected for two-year terms, those elected will serve in the 111th United States Congress from January 4, 2009 until January 3, 2011.

Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of inpatients and outpatients served. The health system includes Texas Health Physicians Group and hospitals under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. Texas Health has affiliated with numerous organizations — from all aspects of the health care industry — to better serve the more than 7 million residents of North Texas. These relationships, along with other major initiatives and quality programs, are supported by Texas Health’s more than 350 points of access, 24,000 employees and 6,000 physicians with active staff privileges, with the collective aim to provide employers and consumers in North Texas with more affordable, high-quality and better-coordinated care. Their vision is "partnering with you for a lifetime of health and well-being."

American National Bank of Texas (ANBTX) is an independently owned bank with 28 branches in North Texas, providing personal and business banking services. Founded in 1875, it reports over $2.5 billion in total assets and ranks as the 27th largest bank in Texas, according to size of total assets as of December 31, 2014. ANBTX is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and participates in the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF). The bank is headquartered in Terrell, Texas, with locations in Collin, Dallas, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Rockwall, Tarrant and Van Zandt counties.

The Collin County Outer Loop is a planned loop that will serve growing areas of Collin County, Texas in North Texas. It is a section of the planned Texas State Highway Loop 9 around the North Texas area. Upon completion, the Outer Loop will be the third limited-access belt road for Dallas, following Interstate 635 and the President George Bush Turnpike.

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