Experienced. Trusted. Dedicated.
With nearly four decades of public service as both a prosecutor and a judge, David Puryear has an unrivaled record of service in the criminal justice system.
He will use this experience to effectively lead the Hays County District Attorney's office.
As one of the fastest growing counties in America, Hays County needs a proven and accomplished leader to ensure safety for our families and businesses. As District Attorney, David will work hard to enforce our laws, keep our community safe, and see that justice is done in every case.
David Puryear began his legal career in 1983 as a criminal prosecutor with the Travis County Attorney's Office, rising to become head of the criminal trial division.
He then served as first assistant to the elected county attorney for five years, managing the daily operations of an office of more than 155 employees. He also served as an interim Travis County justice of the peace in 1989.
He was first elected to office in 1990 as judge of Travis County Court at Law No. 6, where he presided over some 25,000 cases across eight years. Following that, he was appointed as deputy director of the Special Crimes Division of the Office of the Attorney General by Attorney General John Cornyn, where he led a team of lawyers in the investigation and prosecution of large-scale felony crimes. In 2000, he was elected to the Third Court of Appeals, serving three terms, from 2001-2018, where he authored more than 2500 court opinions.