2014 Texas Supreme Court, Chief Justice

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Election
2014 Texas Supreme Court, Chief Justice
Republican Primary March 4, 2014
General Election November 4, 2014

Texas will have an election for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on November 4, 2014. A primary will be held on March 4, 2014.


MCTP Recommends – Robert Talton – Mr. Talton is the only candidate who has the trifecta of experience, as pertains to the law. He’s been a (municipal court) judge, law enforcement officer and a legislator. And now, he has a private law practice, giving him a broad range of experience to handle the job. He was also the general counsel for the Harris County Republican Party. Mr. Talton has been supported by Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum(EF)[1], and personally endorsed by EF's President Cathie Adams [2], which in 2007 dubbed him the "most conservative member of the House".

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Description of the Office

The Supreme Court of Texas is the court of last resort for civil matters in the State of Texas. The Supreme Court is in Austin, next to the State Capitol.

The Justices of the Supreme Court are elected to staggered six-year terms in state-wide elections. When a vacancy arises the Governor may appoint a Justice, subject to Senate confirmation, to serve out the remainder of an unexpired term until the next general election. All members of the Court must be at least 35 years of age, a citizen of Texas, licensed to practice law in Texas, and must have practiced law (or have been a lawyer and a judge of a court of record together) for at least ten years (see Tex. Const., Art. 5, Sec. 2).

By statute the Court has administrative control over the State Bar of Texas. Tex. Gov't Code § 81.011. The Court is also the sole authority for licensing attorneys in Texas and appoints the members of the Board of Law Examiners which administers the Texas bar examination. Tex. Gov't Code §§ 82.00, 82.004.

Candidates

Republican

Democrat

  • William Moody

News

In Supreme Court Races, a Clash Over Contributors[3]

Endorsements

Nathan Hecht (incumbent) has been endorsed by:

  • Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
  • Young Conservatives of Texas
  • Texas Home School Coalition
  • Texas Patriots PAC (recommended)

Robert Talton has been endorsed by:

  • Conservative Coalition of Montgomery County
  • Republican Liberty Caucus
  • Cathie Adams* (President, Eagle Forum of Texas) - (*for info purposes only).
  • Betty Anderson*, Program Chairman of Montgomery County Eagle Forum (*info purposes only)

Robert Talton has been recommended by:

  • Montgomery County Tea Party

References

  1. Phyllis Schlafly
  2. Cathie Adams endorsements
  3. Clash Over Contributors