Carter Casteel

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Frances Carter Barron Casteel
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 73rd district
In office
January 14, 2003 – January 9, 2007
Preceded byRobert Ray "Bob" Turner
Succeeded byNathan Macias
County judge of Comal County, Texas
In office
January 1, 1991 – December 31, 1998
Succeeded byDanny Scheel
Personal details
BornFrances Carter Barron
(1942-12-10) December 10, 1942 (age 75)
Monahans, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Thomas Ralph Casteel (m. 1962)
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
Texas State University
St. Mary's University School of Law
OccupationFormer educator, attorney

Carter Casteel (née Barron; born December 10, 1942), is an attorney and Republican politician from New Braunfels, Texas. A former County Judge of Comal County, Casteel served as well from 2003 to 2007 in the District 73 seat in the Texas House of Representatives subsequently held until 2017 by another Republican, Doug Miller, a former mayor of New Braunfels.


A native of Monahans in Ward County in West Texas, Casteel graduated in 1961 from Monahans High School.[1] Her parents were Franklin Carter Barron a 43-year employee of Gulf Oil and Ilda Vernon Barron, a civic Leader who convinced the Ward County Commissioners Court to establish the Ward County Library. In 1965, Casteel received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at the capital city of Austin. She subsequently procured her Master of Arts in 1971 from Texas State University, then known as Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, and her Juris Doctor in 1985 from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.[2]

Casteel was a classroom teacher at Porter Junior High School for the Austin Independent School District from 1965 to 1973 and then at Canyon High School for the Comal Independent School District from 1974 until 1982.[3] In 1978, she was elected president of the Comal Educators Association.[2] After working for two years with Edward Badouh, Casteel opened her own law practice in 1987.[3] In 1989, she was the president of the Comal County Bar Association.[2]

In 1988, Governor Bill Clements named her to a two-year appointment to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Board. She is a past director of both Citizens Bank and Norwest Bank as well as KLRN-TV, the Public Broadcasting Service outlet in San Antonio. She has been affiliated with the American Association of University Women, United Way of America, the Comal County Fair Association, and the boards of Battleship Texas (appointed by Governor George W. Bush) and the restored Brauntex Theatre in downtown New Braunfels. She is a member of Rotary International and the Chamber of Commerce, through which capacity she is a past chairman of the Guadalupe River Study Group and was named chairman of the board of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce in 1995. Casteel received the Besserung (outstanding citizen) in 1996, Citizen of the Year in 2004 by the Herald-Zietung, and was named a Living Legend in 2016. She has been a member of several Republican Party women's organizations in her area. A United Methodist, Casteel is also a former charter member of the non-denominational Church in the Valley in Canyon Lake, Texas.[2]

Casteel and her husband, Thomas Ralph "Tom" Casteel (born 1934),[2] have two children Cheryl Lynn Casteel Boldt (born 1963), formerly Cheryl Land, a Certified Public Accountant and am attorney, and Thomas Barron Casteel (born c. 1971), an attorney and mayor of New Braunfels, Texas. Both children are her law partners in the firm Casteel & Casteel PLLC.[4] Casteel works primarily in the area of family law, in which capacity she attempts to resolve issues. Though known as a fierce litigator, she is a certified mediator and works to help families resolve their differences.[3] As of 2016, she had seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Political life[edit]

From 1984 to 1990, Casteel held the nonpartisan position of trustee of the Comal Independent School District and was selected the board president. She was elected county judge in 1990 and remained in that post for two terms until 1998.[2] In this capacity, she wrestled with the urban sprawl into Comal County from San Antonio and the need to find new water resources to compensate for inadequate wells and to conserve what is available.[5]

In her first legislative race on March 12, 2002, Casteel defeated Diane Sue Dasher (born c. 1954) of Bulverde, 9,290 (54 percent) to 7,916 (46 percent) in the Republican primary election. The incumbent Democrat, Robert Ray "Bob" Turner, did not seek reelection.[6] In the following general election, Casteel defeated the Democrat Virgil Yanta, 35,314 (79.1 percent) to 9,305 (20.9 percent)[7] In May 2003, Casteel and John Mabry, Jr., a Democrat from Waco, were named "Freshmen Members of the Year" by their colleagues.[1]

Casteel ran without primary or general election opposition in 2004, but in the 2006 Republican primary, she lost her bid for a third term by forty-six votes. Her challenger, Nathan Macias, an Hispanic businessman and public policy analyst from Bulverde, polled 10,183 votes (50.1 percent) to her 10,137 ballots (49.9 percent).[8]

In the 2008 Republican primary, Doug Miller unseated Macias by 17 votes, 14,684 (50.02 percent) to 14,667 (49.97 percent)[9]

Casteel was known for her speaking and debating skills and ability to work across the aisle. She has been a strong advocate for public education, controlling property taxes, and funding stem cell research. Casteel received honors from the Texas Association of Counties, The Texas Municipal League, and various education associations. Casteel continues to lobby in Austin for various groups.


  1. ^ a b "House Membership: Representative Carter Casteel" (PDF). Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Carter Casteel's Biography". Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Carter Casteel: Dancing with the Stars of New Braunfels". Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "Casteel & Casteel". Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  5. ^ ""Comal County, Texas, Grapples with Rapid Development, Critical Water Situation," January 21, 2002" (PDF). Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "2002 Republican primary election returns". Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "2002 General election returns". Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  8. ^ "2006 Republican primary election returns". Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  9. ^ "2008 Republican primary election returns". Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
Preceded by
Robert Ray "Bob" Turner
Texas State Representative
for District 73, then Bandera, Comal, Gillespie, and Kendall counties; now Comal, Gillespie, and Kendall
Frances Carter Barron Casteel

Succeeded by
Nathan Macias