Judge David Wahlberg



About David

David Wahlberg is a judge of Texas’ 167th District Court. He has held the seat since 2012, presiding over hundreds of cases, including some of Travis County's highest profile cases.

Raised in Austin, Texas, Wahlberg received his undergraduate degree from Texas Lutheran University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to his election to the district court, Wahlberg worked as a private practice attorney for nearly four decades, where he handled thousands of criminal cases, including hundreds as a public defender and successfully tried a wide variety of cases in state and federal courts across Texas.

In 2012, Wahlberg was first elected to the 167th judicial seat in Travis County. During his time on the judicial bench, Walhberg has presided over some of Travis County’s highest profile cases such as Criner (involving the death of UT co-ed Haruka Weiser) and Work (the death of the child Colton Turner) and thousands of others. In 2015, Wahlberg was attacked by conservatives because after signing an order that resulted in Texas’ first marriage of two women. Wahlberg was awarded the Austin LGBT Bar Association’s “Courage Award” for his dedication and commitment to gay marriage rights.

A life-long Democrat, Wahlberg a sustaining supporter of the Travis County Democratic Party and has been a long-time member of  progressive organizations like the ACLU, The Sierra Club, and the Audubon Society. He is also a founding member of the Austin Criminal Defense Attorney Association. Wahlberg has previously been endorsed by the West Austin Democrats, South Austin Democrats, North by Northwest Democrats, University Democrats, The Austin Labor Council, Stonewall Democrats of Austin, and St. Edward’s University Democrats. He is currently an active member of West Austin, South Austin, Circle C, Tejano, Blue Austin, Liberal Austin, Capitol Area Progressive, Black Austin and other Democratic clubs, along with being an AFSCME member.

With a board certification in criminal law for more than 35 years and practicing law for 40 years, Wahlberg is ready to continue to revive progressive decision making in the courts and explore new approaches to bettering our criminal justice system for the people of Travis County as your 167th district court judge.