Get to Know Renee
Renee Magee was born in Texas City and was one of eight children. At a young age, her father's job took Renee and her family to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. During this time, Renee began swimming competitively at age 5 1/2. She eventually went on to represent Texas and the United States in the 1976 olympics in Montreal. (See Team USA below.) Renee returned to Texas in high school where she graduated from Clear Lake High School and went on to complete college and law school at the University of Houston.
Renee is one of the most respected in her field for being fair, honest and hard working. Throughout her athletic career and her career as a top prosecutor, Renee's drive and determination have humbly been on display. The same drive and determination that made her a young olympian and the same respected record she has earned as a prosecutor and district court judge will continue to benefit the citizens of Harris County upon her re-election.
Renee began working at the Harris County District Attorney office in 1992. Renee was a strong asset for the citizens of Harris County as an Assistant District Attorney for 21 years and as a District Court Judge in the 337th for 4 years.
Her accomplishments included:
- Trying 148 criminal cases to a jury including murder, sexual assault, aggravated robbery and home invasion cases
- A 12-year tenure as a felony district court chief supervising junior prosecutors in 4 District courts
- Trying 10 capital murder cases to a jury
- Six years as a felony chief in the white collar crime and public assistance fraud-special crimes divisions.
As Judge of the 337th District court, Renee significantly reduced her pending caseload through diligence and hard work in an effort to provide a fair and speedy resolution of cases. Renee also volunteered to preside over a mental health caseload, wherein she supervised mentally ill defendants who were on probation for criminal offenses and needed assistance in connecting with community programs designed to prevent recidivism.
Renee and her husband, Tucker, reside in Houston. Renee has two grown children: Angela, a physician with the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and Christopher, a licensed attorney in Miami, Florida. Renee and Tucker are the proud grandparents of four-year-old Benjamin and two-year-old, Elissa. Renee's parents, June and Jack Magee, reside in El Lago, Texas. Renee is a lifelong Republican and a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church.
Renee put her pride in her country and her special talent on the world stage when she competed in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Renee broke the glass ceiling for female swimmers in Texas. She was the first female Texas swimmer to make an Olympic team in an individual event. In April 2011, Renee was inducted into the Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame.