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    Judge Curnutt Bio

    Judge Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt is a principled, dedicated, fifth generation Arlington resident committed to the long-term success and integrity of our community, and in particular the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Court -- individually and as a component of Tarrant County, Texas.  Those who know Judge Curnutt agree she is a committed mother, a devoted wife, a successful businesswoman and manager, a faithful friend and a dedicated community volunteer capable of managing a high-volume court, and making many tough, smart decisions all day long using her conservative values, her common sense, a solid pursuit of justice and liberty, and guidance in truth.

    Judge Curnutt took the bench in May 2013, to fill the remaining term of retiring Judge Linda Bierman Davis and has been re-elected to serve through 2022.  Her court processes approximately 15,000 cases each year.  The Precinct 2 JP Court in Arlington is a particularly busy court, consistently handling more civil lawsuits than any other court in Tarrant County, as well as most every other county in Texas.  In addition to civil cases, JP2 Court also handles failure to attend for Arlington Independent School District as well as other school districts, eviction lawsuits, TXDPS license suspension and revocation hearings, and a plethora of other types of cases.  The job as our JP requires the ability to fairly, respectfully and objectively decide and resolve hundreds of disputes each month. It also requires the skill and motivation to effectively manage a high-volume business, the background and community experience to communicate with all sectors of our society, and the desire and integrity to successfully represent and serve the citizens of Tarrant County.

    Judge Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt was raised in Arlington, Texas and educated through the Arlington ISD.  After graduation Magna Cum Laude from Arlington High School, Judge Curnutt went west to TCU, where she was elected president of her sorority, made the Dean’s List and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration.   Thereafter, she married her high school sweetheart, Kelly Curnutt, and moved east for work in Dallas.  In 10 years with Software Spectrum, she quickly worked her way up from the ground floor to sales director, leading a $20 million-a-year sales team, helping to train the sales staff at the company’s first international branch in Dublin, Ireland, and being awarded Employee of the Year out of  more than 1,000 employees.

    After earning her stripes in the business world, Judge Curnutt and her husband Kelly moved back to Arlington to start and raise their family.  While the Curnutt’s have three sons, they were also blessed with several “bonus boys” and friends over the years that kept the house hopping with testosterone.   Mary Tom and Kelly have been laughingly known to say that raising a bunch of boys requires a referee’s whistle, a 2”x4”, and a lot of love. The Curnutts were gifted with a perfect Daughter in-law who is helping to balance out the Boys!

    Through her integrity, strong work ethic and life experiences, Judge Curnutt has developed into:

    ·       A successful businesswoman and manager, with strong organizational, people and technical skills;

    ·       A dedicated school and community volunteer, coordinator and leader;

    ·       An active, caring, and involved mother and wife in a home committed to teaching and living conservative values; and

    ·       A Judge who successfully presides over hundreds of court cases every month in one of the busiest courts throughout all 254 Texas counties

    Community Service/ Volunteerism:


                                                                                               Down Town Arlington B.I.D. Committee
    2019 to Present

    Arlington Chamber of Commerce


    2013 to present

    Rotary Club of Arlington-Downtown

    Former President and Member

    2013 to present

    Texas Health Resources

    Board Member

    2013 to 2019

    Arlington Education Foundation


    2013 to present

    Women Inspiring Philanthropy


    2013 to present

    Republican Women of Arlington

    Former VP Membership and Member

    2012 to present

    Arlington Republican Club


    2012 to present

    Reagan Legacy Republican Women


    2012 to present

    Bible Study Fellowship


    2008 to present

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas

    Big Family

    2000 to present

    Junior League of Arlington

    President, 2005-2006

    1994 to present

    Delta Delta Delta Sorority

    Alumnae Advisor 1990-1994

    1988 to present




    Arlington High PTA Board

    Board Member

    2008 to 2015

    Arlington High Soccer Booster

    VP Scholarship, VP Fundraising

    2011 to 2015

    Arlington High After Prom/MGM

    Board/Volunteer Coor.

    2013 to 2015

    Arlington ISD Calendar Committee



    Texas Council of PTA’s

    Lifetime Achievement Award


    Arlington ISD Code of Conduct

    Committee Member


    Arlington High MGM-After Prom

    VP Volunteers

    2010 - 2012

    Arlington High Wrestling Booster

    VP Communications/Secretary

    2009 - 2012

    Big Brothers and Big Sisters Board

    Golf Tournament Committee

    2009 - 2010

    Arlington High School Class of 1984

    Reunion Committee Board

    2008 - 2009

    Miracle League, DFW

    Executive Director

    2007 - 2009

    City of Arlington Bond Committee


    2007 - 2008

    Arlington High School Alumnae

    Membership VP

    2006 - 2008

    Bailey Jr. High School PTA Board

    PTA Board of Directors

    2006 - 2008

    Kaleidoscope Dance Club Board


    2006 - 2008

    River Legacy Foundation Board

    Board Member

    2006 - 2008

    Touchdown Arlington

    Steering Committee

    2005 - 2007

    Boys & Girls Club of Arlington

    TEAM Mentor

    2005 - 2007

    Arlington Chamber of Commerce

    Board Member

    2004 - 2007

    Arlington Childcare Council

    Board Member

    2004 - 2005

    J.L. Hill Elementary School

    Home Room Parent

    2003 - 2006

    Leadership Arlington


    2003 - 2004

    Arlington Human Service Planners

    Coordinating Committee

    2003 - 2004

    Downtown Arlington


    2002 - 2004

    J.L. Hill Elementary School

    PTA Board of Directors

    2001 - 2009

    Optimist Club of Arlington

    Football Program Coordinator

    2000 - 2008

    Country Day School of Arlington


    1999 - 2002

    Big Brothers and Big Sisters Board

    VP Style Show

    1999 - 2001

    Pantego Bible Church

    Nursery Volunteer

    1998 - 2000

    Pantego Christian Academy


    1997 - 1999

    Delta Delta Delta – TCU

    Collegiate President 87-88

    1984 - 1988

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