Election Day: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Early Voting: Wednesday, February 12 – Tuesday, February 25, 2020
GOVERNOR BILL LEE APPOINTED KYLE HIXSON as Judge of the Criminal Court for Knox County on December 10, 2019. Governor Lee performed Kyle Hixson's Investiture on January 9, 2020.
KYLE HAS DEDICATED HIS career to public service. He has served two stints in the Office of the Knox County District Attorney General. First, he served as an Assistant District Attorney General, where he earned a reputation as a hardworking trial attorney capable of handling complex criminal cases, including homicides and sexual assaults. Second, since 2014, he has served in an executive position as Deputy District Attorney General. Kyle currently supervises all criminal prosecutions in Knox County, a jurisdiction where up to 60,000 new criminal cases arise every year. In addition to managing an office of 80 attorneys and support staff, Kyle oversees prosecutions in seven courtrooms plus the Knox County Grand Jury. He works closely with judicial staff and other public offices and agencies to ensure proper operation of the Knox County criminal justice system. Despite his busy management schedule, Kyle still personally participates in some of the Office’s most complex criminal litigation in the courtroom.
IN BETWEEN HIS TWO stints with the Knox County District Attorney, Kyle served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General and Reporter in Nashville. He represented the State of Tennessee before multiple federal and state Courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Tennessee Supreme Court. Kyle represented Tennessee in over 80 cases before the Court of Criminal Appeals. He argued before the Tennessee Court of Appeals in defense of the State’s lethal injection protocol. He defended Tennessee criminal judgments against habeas corpus challenges in every federal district in the State. Kyle’s extensive written and oral practice with the Attorney General, coupled with his trial court litigation experience at the District Attorney’s Office, has allowed him the rare opportunity to gain experience at every level of the State criminal justice process—from the earliest point of an investigation to the last stages of federal appellate review.
KYLE BELIEVES IN MAINTAINING collegiality with his fellow members of the bar. He is an active member of the Knoxville Bar Association as well as the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court. He is involved with the National District Attorneys Association. Kyle believes strongly in the constitutional separation of powers and the judicial philosophies of textualism and originalism. For these reasons, he is an active member of the Knoxville Chapter of the Federalist Society.
KYLE AND HIS WIFE RACHEL live in west Knox County with their three daughters, Harper, Henley, and Hattie. They are deeply involved in their community and their church, the Laurel Church of Christ. Rachel is an ally for Restoration House, a non-profit organization that helps single mothers transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Kyle serves on the Board of Directors for Sertoma Center and is a past board member for CASA of East Tennessee. Kyle is dedicated to training our next generation of lawyers, as he is an Adjunct Professor of Law in Trial Practice at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Kyle is also active in the Republican Party, serving as Parliamentarian for the Knox County GOP, President of the West Knox Republican Club, and Delegate in the Rocky Hill Precinct.