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Texas has had five constitutions since statehood. Under all but one, justices of the Supreme Court have had to run for office in contested elections.
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Texas has had five constitutions since statehood. Under four of the constitutions, justices of the Supreme Court have had to run for office in contested elections.
  
However, many Supreme Court justices (and other state judges) are initially appointed to fill a vacancy and have the advantage of running as an incumbent.
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However, many Supreme Court justices (and other state judges) are initially appointed to fill a vacancy and later have the advantage of running as an incumbent.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 17:31, October 11, 2019

As amended November 6, 2001:

(a) The Supreme Court shall consist of the Chief Justice and eight Justices, any five of whom shall constitute a quorum, and the concurrence of five shall be necessary to a decision of a case; provided, that when the business of the court may require, the court may sit in sections as designated by the court to hear argument of causes and to consider applications for writs of error or other preliminary matters.

(b) No person shall be eligible to serve in the office of Chief Justice or Justice of the Supreme Court unless the person is licensed to practice law in this state and is, at the time of election, a citizen of the United States and of this state, and has attained the age of thirty-five years, and has been a practicing lawyer, or a lawyer and judge of a court of record together at least ten years.

(c) Said Justices shall be elected (three of them each two years) by the qualified voters of the state at a general election; shall hold their offices six years; and shall each receive such compensation as shall be provided by law.

Editor Comments

Texas has had five constitutions since statehood. Under four of the constitutions, justices of the Supreme Court have had to run for office in contested elections.

However, many Supreme Court justices (and other state judges) are initially appointed to fill a vacancy and later have the advantage of running as an incumbent.

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