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Longtime lawyer and former Henderson City Attorney David Hill has announced that he is a candidate for District Judge in the 4th Judicial District of Rusk County. Hill, who has practiced law in Henderson for 41 years, is seeking election in the March Republican Primary to succeed retiring District Judge Clay Gossett.

“Judge Gossett has served the people of Rusk County on the bench for more than a quarter century,” said Hill. “It is an honor to ask for the opportunity to follow his legacy as District Judge.

David Hill and wife, Karyn, have been active members of the community since moving to Henderson upon his graduation from Baylor Law School in 1981. In addition to working as city attorney, he has previously been a member of the Henderson ISD School Board, president of the Rusk County Bar Association, president of the Henderson Lions Club, chairman of the Civic Center Construction Board, member of the East Texas Treatment Center Board, member of the inaugural Henderson Economic Development Corporation Board and president of the Henderson Civic Center, Inc. Additionally, Hill is a former recipient of the Outstanding Young Man of Henderson Award.  Hill’s wife, Karyn, has specialized in pediatric physical therapy working with children in Rusk County school districts.

Prior to establishing his own law office in 2006, Hill practiced in Henderson with the firm of Wilder, Hill, Wilder and with the Wellborn, Houston Law Firm. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and Kentucky and is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Courts in the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas, as well as the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Hill is also a board-certified trial lawyer by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. David and Karyn are the parents of three adult children, all graduates of Henderson ISD. The Hills have been active members of the First Baptist Church of Henderson for more than four decades.

“It has been a privilege to start my practice of law right here in Rusk County many years ago.” said Hill. “It is my hope and desire to continue to use that background and experience working as district judge.”