FOX 26 has learned Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson has died.
For the better part of a year Anderson has waged a war with cancer and sources say that battle was lost at midnight.
So far there has been no statement released from the Harris County District Attorney's office.
A source close to Anderson says his office will release that statement within the hour.
More About Mike Anderson:
Mike Anderson received over 63% of the vote in the May 29th Republican Primary and will now face Democrat Lloyd Oliver in the November 6th General Election.Mike Anderson is the conservative Republican candidate who is ready to return real leadership to the office of Harris County District Attorney.
Known throughout the criminal justice system, Mike has been a prosecutor and a judge who has earned a reputation for honesty and integrity. He has the background, qualifications, and experience to ensure that justice is done in Harris County.Seventeen years' service as a skilled prosecutor makes Mike well suited to restore confidence and respect to the D.A.'s office.
While serving as an Assistant District Attorney, Mike prosecuted every level of crime from misdemeanors to Capital Murders. As a Special Crimes prosecutor in the Major Offenders Division, he prosecuted the worst of the worst, at one point winning eleven consecutive life sentences. He successfully investigated and/or prosecuted eleven Capital Murder cases, all of which resulted in death sentences.
He was known as a tenacious prosecutor whose knowledge of the law and courtroom skills put criminals behind bars and assured victims that justice was served.Twelve years' experience as a strong law-and-order State District Judge has prepared Mike to make the tough calls and uphold the law. As a judge, Mike presided over thousands of cases involving serious felonies, including capital murder, kidnapping, child abuse, sexual assault, and drug and property crimes.
In 2009, Mike was elected Administrative Judge by his fellow Criminal District Court Judges. As Administrative Judge, Mike was instrumental in the creation of Veteran's Court, the Public Defender's Office, and a third Mental Health Court. His budget cuts in indigent defense ensured quality representation and saved taxpayers money. Mike was also a member of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, assisting in the development of best-practice policies for the Harris County criminal justice system.Mike is a Harris County native, born and reared in Pasadena. He graduated from Pearland High School and Texas Lutheran College. He earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law.
Active in the community, Mike has volunteered countless hours to Special Olympics, Big Brothers and Sisters, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and Habitat for Humanity. He coaches youth sports and is involved in Scouting.Mike is known among Republicans as a conservative and a crime fighter. He is a strong supporter of the Party and its conservative principles.