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Meet Jonathan


Longtime Assistant Prosecutor Jonathan Richey has announced he is a candidate for Cherokee County District Attorney in the March Republican Primary. Mr. Richey, 42, is seeking election to the office held by retiring District Attorney Elmer Beckworth.

A Ringing Endorsement 

“Mr. Beckworth has served our county in the District Attorney’s office for many years, both as DA and assistant DA,” said Richey. “It is an honor to have served with him during much of that time. Mr. Beckworth has been a mentor to me and has encouraged me to seek election to the DA’s office upon his retirement. It would be a privilege for me to follow his legacy.”


15 Years Experience

Mr. Richey, who has deep roots in Cherokee County, has served as an assistant prosecutor in
the District Attorney’s office and County Attorney’s office in both Houston and Cherokee
Counties, in addition to two years in the private practice of law with the Norman Law Firm in
Jacksonville. He has been First Assistant District Attorney in Mr. Beckworth’s office for the past
six years. Mr. Richey is a 2004 graduate of Texas A & M University and 2008 graduate of the
Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.


Jonathan Richey and his wife, Ramey, have two young children and reside in Rusk, where she
teaches second grade in the Rusk ISD. The son of high school football coach Johnnie Richey,
Jonathan Richey lived in numerous locations growing up but always felt most at home in
Cherokee County where both of his parents grew up. His mother, Susan Holcomb Richey is from
the Bulah Community south of Rusk and his late father was from Reklaw.

Here to Serve

“Cherokee County has always been home to me,” said Richey. “It is a privilege to work in the
district attorney’s office here and nothing would mean more to me than to serve the people of
Cherokee County as district attorney.”

Jonathan and Ramey Richey and their children attend the First Baptist Church of Rusk. Mr. Richey has served on the State Bar of Texas District Two Grievance Commission for the past five years.


The Texas Republican Primary is scheduled for March 5, 2024. For more information, contact

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