Judge Barbara Rosenberg (1950-) as a young lawyer moved to Dallas in the
mid-1970’s, where she began participating in politics and working with
the Texas State Democratic Convention. She had been an advocate for
women’s and LGBTQ rights, and continued to help those causes by teaching
groups, like the Dallas Gay Political Caucus, the rules of participating
in politics. She was appointed to her first position as an Associate
Municipal Judge in 1977.
In 1992, Rosenberg went up for re-election again Judge Jack Hampton, who
had been censured after a 1988 ruling where he gave a light sentence for
the murder of two gay men, claiming that the murder of gay men was
comparable to the murder of prostitutes, and neither should be taken
seriously. Rosenberg defeated Hampton in the election with the help of
women and the LGBTQ community, and continued to serve as a judge in
Dallas until 2003.