Following Governor Gregg Abbott’s long-awaited decision, Grimes County’s District Courtroom was packed-out Monday Morning, Oct. 30th, as new County Court at Law Judge Tuck McLain struggled to administer the oath of office to his former assistant and new District Attorney, Andrea Bender, after which the room erupted with the sound of thunderous applause.
Judges for both the 12th and 506th District Court were on hand to publicly thank Abbott for appointing Bender and to wish her success at her new gig. And thanks to the magic of Face-Time, Bender’s seriously ill mother was also able to join in most of the celebration, except for the refreshments, of course.
As for Bender, she seemed to thank everyone in the room for this new chapter in her career. That included Tuck McLain, whom she thanked for giving her the opportunity to come to Grimes County initially nearly 18 years ago.
District Attorney Bender assumes her new role immediately. But like her predecessor, County Court at Law Judge Tuck McLain, her appointment only runs through next year, when both she and he will be running on the GOP ticket for full, four-year terms.