Tyler (KYTX) - Reeve Jackson has called East Texas home for most of his life. He's a graduate of Lindale High School.
After graduating from Texas Tech School of Law, he served as an assistant district attorney in Gregg County, before becoming the chief appellate attorney for that office.
In 2008, he moved back to Smith County and opened the Jackson Law Firm.
"This is the community that made me, these are friends and neighbors who shaped me," said Reeve Jackson.
He says it was those same friends and neighbors who asked him to run.
"When the community actually came to me and said, hey, we think there is a need, will you consider stepping up to run, I, of course,said yes," explained Jackson.
Jackson will go up against current Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham in the March republican primary.
Since 1995, Bingham has been a prosecutor for Smith County. He says he's worked on more than 150 felony trials and put five people on death row.
For many years, he served as first assistant to then district attorney, Judge Jack Skeen, Jr.
"This is not an 8 to 5 job, this is a job where you need to put yourself in the position of a victim and handle this case how you want it handled, if your love one was the victim," said Bingham.
Bingham served as interim district attorney in 2003 and was first elected to the office in 2004.
He's held that office since.
"They don't want to get their on the job training sitting here, you need someone coming into this spot that has the experience," said Bingham.
It will be up to Smith County voters to decide who they want in the spot in the November 2014 election.
Press Release from Reeve Jackson
Third- generation Smith County Attorney, Austin Reeve Jackson is officially pursuing Republican nomination for Smith County District Attorney.
"After much encouragement and consideration, I am excited to officially begin my campaign to be the next Smith County District Attorney," Jackson said. "My family has a history of service to this county, state, and nation, and I want to follow in their footsteps by giving back to the community that has given so much to us."
Jackson is a graduate of Lindale High School, the University of Dallas, and the Texas Tech School of Law. After graduating from law school, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Gregg County,where he rose to become the chief appellate attorney for the office. Following his work as a prosecutor, Jackson practiced extensively in Williamson and Travis Counties, where he quickly gained a reputation as an exceptional criminal trial attorney. In 2008, he moved back to Smith County to open his own business, The Jackson Law Firm.
"As a former prosecutor and board certified criminal attorney, I have a vision for the future of criminal justice in Smith County. I look forward to sharing my ideas for safer towns and lower taxes as well as hearing from the community over the next several months," Jackson added.
Jackson has also received several legal awards and recognitions. In 2012, he became the youngest attorney in Texas to be double board certified in both criminal law and criminal appellate law. He is the 2013 Smith County Young Lawyer of the Year and has three times been named a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star, which is an honor bestowed upon the top 2.5% of Texas attorneys.