Cory J. H. Crenshaw is one of the youngest Criminal District Attorneys in the history of Texas. Prior to his appointment as District Attorney by Governor Rick Perry, he served as a federal prosecutor in the U. S. Department of Justice. With a staff of over seventy prosecutors, investigators, and support personnel, District Attorney Crenshaw leads his community as its highest officeholder in legal and law enforcement matters.
District Attorney Crenshaw was raised in Beaumont, Texas. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, majoring in History. He was awarded the Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being licensed to practice law in Texas, he is also licensed in Federal court in the Southern District of Texas and in the Eastern District of Texas.
Beginning his legal career in 2005 as an Assistant District Attorney in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University, he served (in that position) for nearly six years. During his time in College Station, he specialized in prosecuting criminal street gangs and crimes involving sexually abused children. He made national headlines in 2010 when he led the fight to reduce gang violence in his community and filed a civil gang injunction against nearly 40 members of two violent criminal street gangs and won.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice hired Crenshaw as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and sent him to McAllen, Texas, on the Texas/Mexico border as his first assignment. For two years, Crenshaw prosecuted crimes related to the Mexican Cartels with a significant caseload focused on drug trafficking, firearms smuggling, and human trafficking. In November of 2012, Crenshaw transferred to his hometown of Beaumont, Texas. Back at home, Crenshaw’s task as a federal prosecutor took on a more significant role as he was assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force or OCDETF, which is the nation’s premier narcotics task force responsible for complex investigations focused on drug enterprises operating in communities within Texas and the major drug pipelines
linking the Southwest border region to the rest of the nation. His cases targeted entrenched and profitable drug distribution organizations that were located all over the United States as well as in Mexico and Columbia.
As a prosecutor responsible for taking on gangs and achieving significant results in reducing gang violence, he naturally gives emphasis to gang issues as District Attorney. He recently announced plans to create programs aimed at enjoining gang members from soliciting or threatening young people to join gangs as well as supporting the creation of gang free zones in those areas troubled by gang activity.
District Attorney Crenshaw recently established a Joint Public Corruption and Violent Crime Task Force made up of both local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, as he recognizes that fighting crime with a team approach is a much more effective and efficient way to address the most serious criminal justice issues facing our society.
Serving others in numerous capacities throughout his career, District Attorney Crenshaw serves on the board of the Garth House, an advocacy center for abused children, as well as being elected a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and is a member of the American Inns of Court. He volunteers his time to several organizations including the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, where he received their highest alumni award in 2009 for spearheading the founding of their chapter at Texas A&M University in honor of both Presidents George Bush and George W. Bush. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice at Lamar University, where he teaches the course “Drugs and Society” to graduate students.