Having two uncles who were both state legislative representatives, as well as a cousin who was a first admiral in the U.S. Navy, the politics in Hon. Nancy E. Bailey Judy’s family inspired her to serve her community and become involved as a county commissioner. She began her career as a member of the Dallas Independent School District school board in 1972, remaining in this role for four years before serving as executive director of the Dallas County Republican Party in 1977. She then became a judge and county commissioner within the Dallas County Commissioners Court from 1979 until her retirement in 1994. In addition to this tenure, Hon. Judge Judy ran for congress in 1976, also serving as an electoral in the 1976 presidential campaign, and served on the board of directors for the Dispute Mediation Service of Dallas County from 1980 to 1985 and as a member of the Regional Transportation Council from 1981 to 1991, chairing the latter from 1985 to 1986. She further chaired the Regional Transportation Council from 1983 to 1993 and the Dallas County Civil Service Commission from 1983 to 1994.
Prior to the start of her professional life, Hon. Judge Judy pursued a formal education at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, the same university her father attended in 1923, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts. Since graduating, she has dedicated much of her time to civic endeavors. She served as precinct chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party from 1964 to 1976. She later was a member of the Air Carrier Policy Committee from 1992 to 1994 and the Youth and Family Impact Board from 1993 to 1994. Likewise, Hon. Judge Judy served on the board of directors for the Republican Men’s Club of Dallas County and as the Dallas County Public Health chairman.
Outside of her primary trade, Hon. Judge Judy maintains involvement with a number of organizations related to her field. She served on the Park Land Hospital Foundation board from 1994 to 2016, and is active with the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and the Dallas Assembly. In celebration of her efforts, Hon. Judge Judy received the Good Citizens Award from the American Legion and an award from the Dallas County MHMR Center. Moreover, she was named Outstanding Junior Woman at Pennsylvania State University and was selected for inclusion in the 50th edition of Who’s Who in America.
Today, Hon. Judge Judy is married to her loving husband of 65 years, Robert Walter Judy, with whom she has raised two wonderful children, Robin Ann and Matthew Rodman. She is also a doting grandmother to seven beloved grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She has been known to enjoy traveling, as well as studying politics and foreign policy issues, in her spare time. Hon. Judge Judy would like to be remembered as a fun person who laughed a lot and helped many people. She encourages others who are looking to pursue her field to have courage and a thick skin, as well as dedication to the task at hand.