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The Texas Legislature created the Texas Task Force on Indigent Defense in 2001 to remedy persistent deficiencies in Texas indigent defense:

  • Access to counsel
  • Quality of counsel
  • Data collection

In 2011, the Task Force became the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. TIDC is tasked with funding, overseeing, and improving public defense in each of Texas's 254 counties. TIDC is led by 13 Commission Members and 12 staff.

Commission Members

Ex Officio Members

  • Honorable Sharon Keller (Chair)
  • Honorable Nathan Hecht
  • Honorable John Whitmire
  • Honorable Brandon Creighton
  • Honorable Nicole Collier
  • Honorable Reggie Smith
  • Honorable Sherry Radack
  • Honorable Vivian Torres

Members Appointed by Governor

  • Mr. Alex Bunin
  • Honorable Richard Evans
  • Mr. Gonzalo Rios
  • Honorable Missy Medary
  • Honorable Valerie Covey

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