Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson, who announced in May that he had cancer, died Friday, sources said.
The Texas District & County Attorneys Association on Saturday posted the news on Twitter: “We have just learned that Harris Co DA Mike Anderson passed away. Our prayers are with his wife & kids & the entire Harris Co DA family.”
Anderson, 57, took office Jan. 1, following his election in November.
He announced his illness by releasing an email which did not include details about the type of cancer or when it was diagnosed.
Anderson spent 12 years as a felony criminal court judge, following his 16 years as a prosecutor.
His wife, Devon Anderson, is a criminal defense attorney and also a former state district judge. They have two children.
Anderson revealed that he had cancer in May, but did not give any details about it. As you know, I interviewed Anderson last year during his primary against then-DA Pat Lykos. I wound up voting for him in November after the Dems screwed up their DA primary race, and while I had serious disagreements with him about policy, I was comfortable that the office would be in capable hands. I found him to be thoughtful and engaging during the interview, and I enjoyed chatting with him for a few minutes after we concluded the on-the-record conversation. We talked about our families; he told me about his baseball-playing sons, and it was easy to see how much he enjoyed that part of his life. I am stunned and saddened by this news. My deep condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers. Rest in peace, Mike Anderson.
UPDATE: BOR has more.