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Outgoing 82nd Distric Judge Robert Stem passed the gavel to newly elected District Judge Bryan F. Russ, Jr. The gavel once owned by District Judge Bryan Russ,

Newly elected take oath

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For some, it was the end of a long road of election campaigns as they raised their right hands and swore to up hold the laws of the state of Texas and the United States of America. Every two years, newly elected County officials take the oath of office and the beginning of 2019 saw new faces take that oath.

The ceremony began with a heartfelt speech from 82nd District Judge Robert Stem who has held that position for 33 years. Judge Stem addressed the packed courtroom that was filled with family and friends of the newly elected to thank Robertson County for the many great years he has been honored to serve Robertson County.

Judge Stem had the final duty to swear into office Bryan F. Russ, Jr. as the new District Judge to serve over Robertson and Falls County. “In 1996, When Rusty’s father passed away, Rusty sent me a letter and I have kept it all these years,” said Judge Stem after the oath was given. Judge Stem, reading the letter divulged that at that time, Russ, Jr. had sent along his father’s gavel in hopes that Judge Stem would continue to keep Russ, Sr. in his thoughts, which he had. After 22 years, that gavel has found it’s way back to the Russ family as Judge Stem returned the gift that had meant so much to him over the years.


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