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Judge Sturns’ successor is a former little league coach and Federalist Society member

Christopher R. Wolfe, deputy branch manager of the United States attorney’s office, has been appointed judge of the 213th district court in Tarrant County.
Christopher R. Wolfe, deputy branch manager of the United States attorney’s office, has been appointed judge of the 213th district court in Tarrant County. Gov. Greg Abbott's office

A veteran of the U.S. attorney’s office has been tapped by Gov. Greg Abbott to fill the judge’s position left vacant by the recent retirement of Judge Louis Sturns.

Christopher R. Wolfe, deputy branch manager of the United States attorney’s office for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, assumes the judge’s position of the 213th state district court until Dec. 31, 2020, when the current term expires or until an election is held.

Wolfe has been an assistant U.S. attorney for 15 years and was one of a dozen people to apply for the position, according to the governor’s office.

Wolfe attended Baylor University for his undergraduate degree and received his law degree from Baylor University School of Law, a news release from the governor’s office stated.

Wolfe served as a former foster parent with Arrow Child and Family Ministries, was a former volunteer baseball coach with the University Little League and is a member of the Fort Worth Chapter of the Federalist Society, the release said.

Sturns, who retired on Oct. 5, was the first African-American judge to serve on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest criminal court in Texas.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3
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