The Honorable John T. Gauntt

27th District Court Bell County District Court,


The Hon. John T. Gauntt is a judge for the 27th District Court in Bell County, Texas. He was elected to the bench on November 6, 2012, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Joe Carroll.
Prior to his election, Gauntt worked as an attorney in private practice, specializing in criminal law, family law, real estate, probate, and guardianship matters. He also served as local counsel for the Temple Independent School District as well as City Attorney for the City of Troy.
Gauntt earned a bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Then, in 1970, he completed a J.D. at Baylor Law School.
His memberships have included the Family Law, the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law, the Poverty Law, and the Computer & Technology Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas; the Baylor Law Alumni Association; and the Heart of Texas Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution.
He has served as a trustee for the Temple Independent School District, a director of the Bell County Tax Appraisal District, a volunteer for the Belton-Temple Habitat for Humanity, and as a director of Lone Star Legal Aid.
Born in Amarillo, Gauntt moved to Temple when he was four years old. His wife is a former high school business teacher. His son, John Gauntt, Jr., serves as an assistant county attorney in the Office of the Bell County Attorney. When not presiding over the bench, he enjoys carpentry, hunting, fishing, farming, and photography.
He is registered as a Republican.

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