Lori Laird for Pasadena City Council
District H

About Me

Lori Laird
Lori Elaine Laird, J.D.

I am proud to be a native Texan. I was reared and educated in Pasadena, Texas.  I attended Fisher Elementary, Parkview Intermediate and Sam Rayburn High School. My first two years of higher education were obtained at San Jacinto College.

I am an honors graduate from the University of Houston at Clear Lake receiving my Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

I received my Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law where I was a Dean’s Merit scholarship recipient as well as a member of Phi Delta Phi - the honors legal fraternity. During my tenure at law school, I was also a contributing writer for two law journals and Editor in Chief for one. I was also a journalist and eventually editor in Chief of the law school newspaper. I also worked for a local civil litigation law firm and interned at the First Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas.
 

Being the daughter of a longshoreman from a working class family in Pasadena, Texas—I wasn’t raised with the “silver spoon” mentality.  I had to work and pay my own way through school.  I had a strong interest in criminal justice and the law and found a great fit for both of those passions—I became a police officer.  For over ten years I had the good fortune to serve in several capacities:  as patrol officer, a patrol sergeant, hostage negotiator, and member of the police Honor Guard.  I was also an instructor at the police academy, teaching the United States and Texas Constitutions, Police Professionalism and Ethics to police officers from across the State. I also served for several years as a volunteer EMT with a local fire department.

I am currently self employed and run my own successful law firm.  I have received many awards, including being named as a Texas Super Lawyer.  I am admitted to practice law in: all Texas State Courts and the United States Supreme Court. I am also a certified mediator and qualified as an advanced family law mediator.

Being self-employed allows me the flexibility to be available to serve the community.  

I am fortunate to have a large, loud and loving family — with seven children and two dogs.  My husband, Craig Schweitzer, was born and raised in Pasadena, Texas.  We both attended Sam Rayburn High School.  We met in orchestra, he played the timpani and I played the violin.  Here we are together at a band banquet in 1983.  We went on to play together in the Houston Youth Symphony and now both continue to play together with the Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

No, we didn’t end up together back then … life had more complications in store for both of us … but eventually we found each other again and have been happily married for many years now. 

Five of our seven children (plus three spouses) live nearby and we have close relationships with them all.  We are board game enthusiasts and generally have the kids over every weekend. 

Our youngest is currently a recruit in the United States Marine Corp boot camp and we anticipate his graduation in May. Another son is currently traveling and working abroad. All the others continue to live in the Houston-Galveston area.

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