Dallas County Family Court Judge and former county Democratic Party Chair Darlene Ewing died Friday at age 64.
Before being elected to preside over the 254th Family District Court, Ewing led Dallas County Democrats for a decade from 2005 to 2015. During her tenure Democrats largely took over the county, losing only one countywide race. Carol Donovan succeeded Ewing with the county party in 2015.
According to a statement from the Dallas County Democratic Party, Ewing died surrounded by her family and friends.
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"Rest In Peace, Darlene. Both personally and on behalf of the 2.6 million residents of Dallas County, thank you for your lifetime of service to your clients, our community, our county and state," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said on Twitter Friday afternoon.
Ewing began her legal career as a staff attorney for the Dallas Legal Aid Society, according to her judicial biography. In 1980, she left legal aid and went to work for the Dallas County Child Support Department. She moved on to private practice in 1982.