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Terence Houck
District Attorney


District Attorney Houck graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy in 1977 and served as an officer with the Philadelphia Police Department for over nine years. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from LaSalle University, a Master of Arts in Human Organization Science from Villanova University, and a Juris Doctor from Temple University. 

District Attorney Houck began his prosecutorial career in 1986 as an assistant district attorney in Bucks County, where he earned a promotion to chief deputy district attorney and headed the child abuse/sex offense unit. In 2002, District Attorney Houck joined the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office as a chief deputy district attorney and served as the chief of the violent crime unit.  

In 2006, District Attorney Houck was hired as Northampton County's first full-time First Assistant District Attorney. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing all specialized units and staff. While serving as First Assistant, he also investigated and successfully prosecuted some of the County's most complex and high-profile cases. 

On January 6, 2020, District Attorney Houck was sworn in to begin his first term as Northampton County District Attorney.  

District Attorney Houck has earned numerous awards and commendations throughout his career, including the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Award for Bravery as a Philadelphia Police Officer and the Allied Professional Award for outstanding commitment to crime victims from the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley. 

District Attorney Houck grew up with four brothers and four sisters, the child of William and Regina Houck, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended Cardinal Dougherty High School. He now lives in Easton with Linda, his wife of 42 years. The couple has two daughters, a son-in-law and one granddaughter. 

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