Longest Serving Brazos County Judge Won't Seek Re-Election

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BRYAN Judge J.D. Langley, who sits on the bench in the 85th District Court in Brazos County, will not seek re-election in 2014.

Langley began his time in the 85th in 1991, and before that, was County Court at Law No. 2's judge starting in 1986.

Friday, he said he has always thought the time he should run again is when he thought everything he could accomplish had been done.

"While there's always more that can be done -- you're never done as a public servant -- in this capacity, I think, probably, I've done as much as anyone could be expected to do," he said.

The Republican judge tells News 3 he is leaving his options open for when his time on the bench is done. He currently teaches classes at Blinn College which could continue, and he says he could choose to serve as a senior, visiting judge or go back into private practice.

"Judge Langley has served in county government for over 27 years. He has given his career to public service and we wish him well in his future endeavors," Brazos County District Attorney Jarvis Parsons said.

The 85th District Court is the oldest active district court in Brazos County, having been created in 1917. Langley, the eighth person to head it up, is the longest serving district court judge in the history of the county. Only W.C. Davis served as the court's judge for more than 20 years.

Langley was preceded by W.T. McDonald Jr. The other six judges elected to the 85th were three pairs of fathers and sons. The first judge of the 85th, Henry Morehead, was appointed by the governor upon the court's creation.