Election 2010 – Texas Supreme Court Place 3
There are 9 Supreme Court Justices in Texas – and it is one of the few states where Justices are elected. For the past decade, the court has been entirely Republican. This year, three seats are up for election and in place 3, incumbent Harriet O’Neill is retiring after 10 years on the bench. A large primary faces Texas voters – and it is important to learn about all the candidates.
All Texas voters will get to choose in this race – Place 3 does not mean anything geographically. 6 Republicans are running for the race, while Democrats have coalesced behind one candidate, Jim Sharpe, a Justice on the Texas 1st Court of Appeals. To learn about this candidate who will be on the November ballot, click here.
Republican Primary Candidates
Jeff Brown is a current Justice on the 14th Court of Appeals and hails from Houston. He was appointed to his current position in 2007 and had previously been elected to the 55th District Court in Harris County. He got his JD from University of Houston and stresses his “scholarly and conservative” judicial philosophy. To learn more, click here.
Rick Green is an attorney from Dripping Springs. He is the founder and President of the Torch of Freedom Foundation, a leadership training organization for young adults. He received his JD from the University of Texas and calls himself a “Regan conservative”. To learn more, click here.
Debra Lehrman is a District Judge in the 360th district in Fort Worth and has served as a judge in various courts for 22 years. A UT law school grad, she started her legal career in family law and has continued to work mainly in this field as a judge. To learn more about her campaign, click here.
Jim Moseley is a Justice in the 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas and is looking to jump up to the top court of the State. Appointed by George W. Bush, he has served on the court for 13 years. Moseley also served as a regional director for the Federal Trade Commission under Ronald Regan. To learn more about his campaign, click here.
Rebecca Simmons is currently a Justice on the 4th District Court of Appeals in San Antonio. She also teaches at St. Mary’s Law School as an adjunct professor. She received her law degree from Baylor and specialized as an appellate lawyer before becoming judge. To learn more about her campaign, click here.
Rick Strange is a Justice on the 11th Court of Appeals and lives in Midland. He is the only candidate certified in oil, gas and mineral law and received his JD from the University of Texas-Austin. He was appointed to the court in 2005 by Governor Rick Perry. To learn more about his campaign, click here.