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Texas Supreme Court elections

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There are two high courts in Texas. For election results for the Court of Criminal Appeals, see: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals 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.[1]

Selection of the chief justice or judge

Unlike most states, the chief justice of the supreme court is selected by voters at-large. He or she serves in that capacity for a full six-year term.[1]

Qualifications

To serve on this court, a judge must be:

  • a U.S. citizen;
  • a resident of Texas;
  • licensed to practice law in the state;
  • between the ages of 35 and 75;*[2] and
  • a practicing lawyer and/or judge for at least 10 years.[1]

*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.[1]

Vacancies

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.[1]

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See also: Texas judicial elections, 2012

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
MedinaDavid Medina    YesRepublicanPlace 446.7% 
WillettDon Willett   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 257.7%ApprovedA78.8%   ApprovedA
ChisholmJim Chisholm    NoGreen1.3%   DefeatedD
DevineJohn Devine (Texas)   ApprovedANoRepublicanPlace 453.3%ApprovedA75.1%   ApprovedA
AshMark Ash    NoLibertarian3.0%   DefeatedD
PettyMichele Petty    NoDemocratic100%ApprovedA41.9%   DefeatedD
HechtNathan Hecht   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 1100%ApprovedA53.7%   ApprovedA
KoelschRobert Stuart Koelsch    NoLibertarianPlace 221.2%   DefeatedD
SmithSteven W. Smith    No42.2% 
OxfordTom Oxford    NoLibertarian16.9%   DefeatedD

In 2008, three Republican incumbent justices ran for re-election against Democratic and Libertarian candidates; all three justices were re-elected.[3]

Candidate Incumbent SeatPartyElection votes Election %
Wallace Jefferson ApprovedA Yes Chief JusticeRepublican4,092,181 53.1%
Jim Jordan No Chief JusticeDemocratic3,374,433 43.7%
Tom Oxford No Chief JusticeLibertarian239,063 3.1%
Candidate Incumbent SeatPartyElection votes Election %
Dale Wainwright ApprovedA Yes Place 7Republican3,926,015 51%
Sam Houston No Place 7Democratic3,525,141 45.8%
David Smith No Place 7Libertarian232,211 3%
Candidate Incumbent SeatPartyElection votes Election %
Phil Johnson ApprovedA Yes Place 8Republican4,018,396 52.3%
Linda Yanez No Place 8Democratic3,428,179 44.6%
Drew Shirley No Place 8Libertarian234,092 3%

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References

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