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Eva Guzman

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Eva Guzman
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Court Information:
Texas Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $168,000
Service:
Appointed by:   Gov. Rick Perry
Active:   2009-2016
Preceded by:   Scott Brister
Past post:   Judge, Texas Fourteenth District Court of Appeals
Past term:   2001-2009
Personal History
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   University of Houston
Law School:   South Texas College of Law
Appointment of Justice Guzman (speech at 4:30)

Eva M. Guzman is a judge on the Texas Supreme Court. She was appointed by Republican Governor Rick Perry on October 8, 2009. She was elected in 2010 to a term that expires in 2016. She is the first Latina woman to serve on the court.[1]

Education

Guzman received her B.B.A. from the University of Houston and J.D. from South Texas College of Law.[2]

Career

After graduating from law school, Guzman spent ten years in private practice. In 1999, she was appointed to the Family Court in Harris County by Governor George W. Bush. Two years later, Governor Rick Perry appointed Guzman to the Texas Fourteenth District Court of Appeals. She served in this capacity until her appointment to the Texas Supreme Court.[3]

Awards and associations

Awards

  • 2009: Latina Judge of the Year, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • 2009: Judge of the Year, Mexican American Bar Association of Texas Foundation
  • Appellate Judge of the Year by P.O.L.I.C.E. Inc. and the Houston Police Officers Union

Associations

  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee
  • Senior fellow, American Leadership Forum Class XXII
  • Fellow, Texas and Houston Bar foundations
  • Member, South Texas College of Law Alumni Association Board
  • Member, Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross Board
  • Member, Texas Executive Women Board
  • Adjunct professor, University of Houston Law Center[1]

2010 election

In the Republican primary on March 2, 2010 Guzman defeated Rose Vela to become the Republican nominee for the general election.[4] She next defeated Blake Bailey and Jack Armstrong in the general election, winning 60 percent of the vote.[5]

See also: Texas judicial elections, 2010

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Guzman received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.9, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is less conservative than the average CF score of 0.91 that justices received in Texas. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[6]

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