Waco Tribune-Herald

Judicial candidates tout their experience at GOP forum, 21 Nov 19

Four Republican candidates vying to succeed the retiring 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother touted their experience and willingness to serve Thursday at a McLennan County Republican Club lunch.


Flynn, 59, a retired Army lieutenant colonel in the service 34 years, told the crowd he hopes to continue his public service as 19th State District Court judge. He joined the Army in 1983, graduated from Baylor University Law School in 1988 and served as an Army lawyer until 2016, including tours in Bosnia and Iraq. He served 28 years on active duty representing the government as a Judge Advocate General and six years in the Army Reserve. While he was in the Army Reserve, he became chief of the criminal law division.


"I have been and will be faithful to the law and fair to all," Flynn said. "I have served my country for 34 years and I will continue to serve. I would hope to earn your vote. I don't deserve it. I want to earn it. … I am open-minded and I hope to use the experience I have gathered from practicing in numerous jurisdictions with numerous criminal professionals to bring, like Johnny Appleseed, some good ideas here to help us with some of the issues we face here in McLennan County."


Flynn practiced law in Waco from 1996 to 2001 after he left active duty. He ran unsuccessfully against former Democratic McLennan County District Attorney John Segrest in 1998, winning just less than 40% of the vote. 


He completed a master of laws degree in 2004 and graduated from the Army War College with a master of strategic studies degree in 2011. He said he is 12 hours short of earning a master's degree in mental health counseling, which he said will be beneficial as judge.


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Michael Flynn, candidate for 19th District Court Judge in McLennan County

Michael Flynn, candidate for 19th District Court Judge in McLennan County

Michael Flynn, candidate for 19th District Court Judge in McLennan County
Fox 44

19th District Court candidates speak out at forum

“I graduated from Baylor Law School 31 years ago, and so, I’ve practiced law both in the Army and McLennan County for 31 years,” says Flynn.

“I’d like to be able to bring my experience to be able to make the process more efficient and realize justice quicker,” says Flynn.

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LTC(R) Michael Flynn, candidate for 19th District Court Judge in McLennan County
Channel 10

Waco: GOP judicial candidates face off

Longtime Army prosecutor Michael Flynn who just recently moved back to Waco said: "I served in the army for 34 years and after law school I served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Army. Not only served as prosecutor, I have supervised prosecutors including a year in Iraq where I supervised 56 legal professionals in five different offices." 

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Waco Tribune-Herald

McLennan County offices draw contested races, 19 Nov 19

Strother, judge of 19th State District Court for 20 years, will retire at the end of his term in December 2020. The court is one of two in the county that primarily handles felony criminal cases.... Michael Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, has announced his intention to run for the seat as a Republican but has not officially filed. Flynn joined the Army in 1983, graduated from Baylor University Law School in 1988 and served as an Army lawyer until 2016, including tours in Bosnia and Iraq. Flynn said he is going door-to-door to collect signatures supporting his candidacy. With a minimum of 500 signatures, he would be able to get on the ballot without paying a $1,500 filing fee that otherwise would be required. 


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Michael Flynn, candidate for 19th District Court Judge in McLennan County

Michael Flynn, candidate for 19th District Court Judge in McLennan County

Waco Tribune-Herald

Attorney touts military experience in race for 19th District Court judge, 19 Aug 19

Michael Flynn is a retired Army lieutenant colonel and has been in public service for almost 34 years. But he says 34 years is not enough and he wants to continue by serving as judge of McLennan County’s 19th State District Court.


Flynn joined the Army in 1983, graduated from Baylor University Law School in 1988 and served as an Army lawyer until 2016, including tours in Bosnia and Iraq. He served 28 years on active duty representing the government as a Judge Advocate General and six years in the Army Reserve. While he was in the Army Reserve, he became chief of the criminal law division, working at Reserve headquarters at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia, and later at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.


“I think one thing that is important in this race is my veteran status,” Flynn said. “I have been a public servant for almost 34 years. Because of my experiences in the military, I have practiced law in several different jurisdictions. I was actually running a legal office in Iraq for a year, where I was supervisor for 54 legal professionals, paralegals and attorneys, with five different offices across the battlefields in Iraq. I have a diversity of experience and diversity of dealing with people and lawyers from multiple different jurisdictions.”


In 28 years as a JAG officer, Flynn’s superior officers consistently have praised him for his litigation and courtroom skills, his knowledge of ethics and criminal law and his ability to manage a court docket and keep cases moving, Flynn said.


“I just don’t believe that there are problems that can’t be solved,” Flynn said. “I think we can move justice faster and quicker. The status quo has never been acceptable to me. When people tell me that can’t be done, I have always thought outside the box, looking for a creative way to do it. Frequently, what I find is there are people inside the system who know the answer, but no one ever asks them. I am a team player. I get others involved,” he said.


Flynn practiced law in Waco from 1996 to 2001 after he left active duty. He ran unsuccessfully against former McLennan County District Attorney John Segrest in 1998, winning just less than 40 percent of the vote. 


He completed a master of laws degree in 2004 and graduated from the Army War College with a master of strategic studies degree in 2011. For the past year, he has pursued a master’s degree in mental health counseling and is 12 hours short of that degree. He also volunteers at Baylor’s legal clinic for veterans and serves as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for a child in foster care.


Flynn has been a lifelong volunteer in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served as youth minister, assistant pastor, pastor and senior pastor. He and his wife, Teresa, served an 18-month mission ministering to military families with loved ones deployed at Fort Polk in 2017 to 2018.


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Michael Flynn, candidate for 19th District Court Judge in McLennan County

Michael Flynn, candidate for 19th District Court Judge in McLennan County