Texas Supreme Court elections
|The nine justices of the supreme court are chosen in statewide partisan elections to serve six-year terms, after which they must run for re-election if they wish to continue serving.
Selection of the chief justice or judge
To serve on this court, a judge must be:
*While no judge older than 74 may run for office, sitting judges who turn 75 during their term are permitted to continue serving until their term expires.
In the event of a midterm vacancy, the governor appoints a replacement who must be confirmed by the Texas Senate. The appointee serves until the next general election, in which he or she may compete to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term.
See also: Texas judicial elections, 2012
In 2008, three Republican incumbent justices ran for re-election against Democratic and Libertarian candidates; all three justices were re-elected.
- American Judicature Society, "Methods of Judicial Selection: Texas," archived October 3, 2014
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- Texas Secretary of State," 2008 General Election Results"