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County Judge Nathaniel Moran


Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran is proud of his East Texas roots. A native of Whitehouse and graduate of Whitehouse High School, he continued his education at the U. S. Military Academy and Texas Tech University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Russian, an MBA, and his law degree. He is an attorney who has wide-ranging experience, including in the areas of business and commercial litigation and transaction work.

As county judge of Smith County, Judge Moran presides over the five-member commissioners court and handles a wide range of county matters. His responsibilities include acting as budget officer of the county, chairman of the Smith County Juvenile Board, presiding officer of the Smith County Commissioners Court, head of Emergency Management, and the Chief Administrative Officer for the departments overseen by the Commissioners Court.  Additionally, Judge Moran is the presiding judge over the constitutional county court, which has original judicial jurisdiction over probate, guardianship, and mental health case files in Smith County. 

Prior to Judge Moran's service to the county, he volunteered with a number of non-profit organizations including the Discovery Science Place, Whitehouse I.S.D. Education Foundation, Cancer Foundation for Life, Smith County Bar Association, and Boy Scouts of America Troop 370 (Green Acres).  Judge Moran previously served on the Tyler City Council from 2005-2009, representing District 5.  He and his wife, Kyna, are the proud parents of four children - Caleb, Victoria, Juliette, and Lincoln.  The Moran family are members of South Spring Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas.



  • J.D.                           Texas Tech University School of Law                                               2002
  • M.B.A.                      Texas Tech University, Magna Cum Laude                                    1998
  • B.A. - Russian       Texas Tech University, Summa Cum Laude                                  1997

                                               U.S. Military  Academy (West Point, NY)                                          1993-1995


Legal Experience

  • Nathaniel Moran Law Firm, PLLC (Tyler, Texas), Founding Partner                      2016 to Present
  • Ramey & Flock, P.C. (Tyler, Texas), Partner                                                                     June 2012 to 2016
  • Snow Fogel Spence, LLP (Houston, Texas), Associate Attorney                             June 2009 to May 2012
  • Ramey & Flock, P.C. (Tyler, Texas), Associate Attorney/Partner                            August 2002 - May 2009


Public Service

  • Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Board Member                                                     2015 to Present 
  • Mayor Pro Tem, City of Tyler                                                                                                  May 2009   
  • Councilmember, District 5, City of Tyler                                                                           2008-2009
  • Tyler Economic Development Council, Executive Cmte. Member                        2008-2009


Community Leadership

  • Cancer Foundation for Life, Board Member                                                                   2015 to Present
  • Catalyst 100 Community Leadership Program, Full Member                                 2013 to Present
  • The Discovery Science Place, Board Member & Past President (2016)              2012-2018
  • Whitehouse ISD Education Foundation, Founding Board Member 
    & Past President (2014)                                                                                                            2014-2017
  • Smith County Bar Association                                                                                              2013-2017
  • Lake Tyler Advisory Board Member                                                                                   2005
  • Tyler Library Advisory Board Member                                                                              2005
  • Leadership Tyler Graduate, Class 18                                                                                 2005
  • Smith County Young Lawyer's Association, Director                                                 2003


Political Affiliations

  • Texas Municipal League Legislative Policy Cmte. on Taxation Member          2008-2009
  • Texas Municipal League, Region 15 Board of Directors & 1st VP                         2009   
  • Smith County Republican Club, President                                                                    2007-2008
  • Smith County Republican Party, Candidate Cmte. Chairman                              2006-2008
  • Smith County Republican Party, Precinct 55 Chairman                                          2006-2009
  • Republican Party of Texas State Convention, Delegate                                          2004, 2008
  • Smith County, Precinct 55 Election Judge                                                                    2004


Contact Information

Smith County Annex Building
200 E. Ferguson, Suite 100
Tyler, Texas 75702

Phone: (903) 590-4625