Judge Curnutt Bio

Judge Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt is a principled, dedicated, fifth generation Arlington resident committed to the long-term success and integrity of our community, and in particular the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Court -- individually and as a component of Tarrant County, Texas.  Those who know Judge Curnutt agree she is a committed mother, a devoted wife, a successful businesswoman and manager, a faithful friend and a dedicated community volunteer capable of managing a high-volume court, and making many tough, smart decisions all day long using her conservative values, her common sense, a solid pursuit of justice and liberty, and guidance in truth.

Judge Curnutt took the bench in May 2013, to fill the remaining term of retiring Judge Linda Bierman Davis and has been re-elected to serve through 2022.  Her court processes approximately 15,000 cases each year.  The Precinct 2 JP Court in Arlington is a particularly busy court, consistently handling more civil lawsuits than any other court in Tarrant County, as well as most every other county in Texas.  In addition to civil cases, JP2 Court also handles failure to attend for Arlington Independent School District as well as other school districts, eviction lawsuits, TXDPS license suspension and revocation hearings, and a plethora of other types of cases.  The job as our JP requires the ability to fairly, respectfully and objectively decide and resolve hundreds of disputes each month. It also requires the skill and motivation to effectively manage a high-volume business, the background and community experience to communicate with all sectors of our society, and the desire and integrity to successfully represent and serve the citizens of Tarrant County.

Judge Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt was raised in Arlington, Texas and educated through the Arlington ISD.  After graduation Magna Cum Laude from Arlington High School, Judge Curnutt went west to TCU, where she was elected president of her sorority, made the Dean’s List and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration.   Thereafter, she married her high school sweetheart, Kelly Curnutt, and moved east for work in Dallas.  In 10 years with Software Spectrum, she quickly worked her way up from the ground floor to sales director, leading a $20 million-a-year sales team, helping to train the sales staff at the company’s first international branch in Dublin, Ireland, and being awarded Employee of the Year out of  more than 1,000 employees.

After earning her stripes in the business world, Judge Curnutt and her husband Kelly moved back to Arlington to start and raise their family.  While the Curnutt’s have three sons, they were also blessed with several “bonus boys” and friends over the years that kept the house hopping with testosterone.   Mary Tom and Kelly have been laughingly known to say that raising a bunch of boys requires a referee’s whistle, a 2”x4”, and a lot of love. The Curnutts were gifted with a perfect Daughter in-law who is helping to balance out the Boys!

Through her integrity, strong work ethic and life experiences, Judge Curnutt has developed into:

·       A successful businesswoman and manager, with strong organizational, people and technical skills;

·       A dedicated school and community volunteer, coordinator and leader;

·       An active, caring, and involved mother and wife in a home committed to teaching and living conservative values; and

·       A Judge who successfully presides over hundreds of court cases every month in one of the busiest courts throughout all 254 Texas counties

Community Service/ Volunteerism:


                                                                                           Down Town Arlington B.I.D. Committee
2019 to Present

Arlington Chamber of Commerce


2013 to present

Rotary Club of Arlington-Downtown

Former President and Member

2013 to present

Texas Health Resources

Board Member

2013 to 2019

Arlington Education Foundation


2013 to present

Women Inspiring Philanthropy


2013 to present

Republican Women of Arlington

Former VP Membership and Member

2012 to present

Arlington Republican Club


2012 to present

Reagan Legacy Republican Women


2012 to present

Bible Study Fellowship


2008 to present

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas

Big Family

2000 to present

Junior League of Arlington

President, 2005-2006

1994 to present

Delta Delta Delta Sorority

Alumnae Advisor 1990-1994

1988 to present




Arlington High PTA Board

Board Member

2008 to 2015

Arlington High Soccer Booster

VP Scholarship, VP Fundraising

2011 to 2015

Arlington High After Prom/MGM

Board/Volunteer Coor.

2013 to 2015

Arlington ISD Calendar Committee



Texas Council of PTA’s

Lifetime Achievement Award


Arlington ISD Code of Conduct

Committee Member


Arlington High MGM-After Prom

VP Volunteers

2010 - 2012

Arlington High Wrestling Booster

VP Communications/Secretary

2009 - 2012

Big Brothers and Big Sisters Board

Golf Tournament Committee

2009 - 2010

Arlington High School Class of 1984

Reunion Committee Board

2008 - 2009

Miracle League, DFW

Executive Director

2007 - 2009

City of Arlington Bond Committee


2007 - 2008

Arlington High School Alumnae

Membership VP

2006 - 2008

Bailey Jr. High School PTA Board

PTA Board of Directors

2006 - 2008

Kaleidoscope Dance Club Board


2006 - 2008

River Legacy Foundation Board

Board Member

2006 - 2008

Touchdown Arlington

Steering Committee

2005 - 2007

Boys & Girls Club of Arlington

TEAM Mentor

2005 - 2007

Arlington Chamber of Commerce

Board Member

2004 - 2007

Arlington Childcare Council

Board Member

2004 - 2005

J.L. Hill Elementary School

Home Room Parent

2003 - 2006

Leadership Arlington


2003 - 2004

Arlington Human Service Planners

Coordinating Committee

2003 - 2004

Downtown Arlington


2002 - 2004

J.L. Hill Elementary School

PTA Board of Directors

2001 - 2009

Optimist Club of Arlington

Football Program Coordinator

2000 - 2008

Country Day School of Arlington


1999 - 2002

Big Brothers and Big Sisters Board

VP Style Show

1999 - 2001

Pantego Bible Church

Nursery Volunteer

1998 - 2000

Pantego Christian Academy


1997 - 1999

Delta Delta Delta – TCU

Collegiate President 87-88

1984 - 1988