Judge Jason Luong is the first Vietnamese-American elected to a county-wide office in Harris County, and the first Asian-American and first Vietnamese-American elected as a felony district court judge in Harris County. He is the only sitting Asian American criminal court judge in Harris County, Texas.
As a judge, he has led the way in criminal justice reform. He is the chair of the felony district courts' Bail Bond Committee. In 2020, Judge Luong was selected by his fellow judges to be the presiding judge for the Felony Veterans Treatment Court for Harris County, a specialty court that was created to handle felony criminal cases involving veterans. The mission of this court is to increase access to mental health and addiction treatment for those veterans with felony offenses. This court addresses the unique issues relating to veterans in the criminal justice system by diverting veterans directly into VA treatment, reducing jail time, costs, and criminal recidivism, while improving mental health recovery and successful re-entry into the community.
Distinguished Former Prosecutor
Judge Jason Luong is a former prosecutor who successfully prosecuted thousands of cases on behalf of Harris County residents. In 2007, in his first year as a prosecutor, Jason was recognized by Texas Monthly, Law and Politics, as a “Rising Star” in the area of criminal prosecution, where he was one of only two prosecutors with the Harris County D.A.’s office to be given this recognition. In 2012, Jason returned to private practice, where his practice focuses representing Harris County citizens in a wide variety of criminal matters and handling court appointments cases, including representing indigent veterans and persons with mental health illnesses.
Strong Texas Roots
Jason graduated from Rice University, cum laude, in 1997 and received his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, with honors, in 2000. While in law school, Jason was selected for membership into the prestigious Texas Law Review and also served as an intern to United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas and the Supreme Court of Texas.
Jason Luong began his legal career as the law clerk to United States District Court Judge Royal Furgeson, in Midland, Texas, where he worked on one of the largest criminal law dockets in the country. Jason then practiced law with two of Houston’s most prestigious civil trial law firms. In 2008, Jason left his successful civil practice to accept a position as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County, Texas.
Jason Luong is also active in the Houston and Harris County community.
Jason comes from a family with a long tradition of public service. Jason’s father worked for the City of Houston for over 22 years. Jason’s mother has worked as a civilian employee with the Houston Police Department for over 15 years. Jason’s sister is currently a physician and an assistant professor with the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
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