Texas Supreme Court elections
If a vacancy occurs, the governor appoints a replacement, who then must be confirmed by the Texas Senate. The justice serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.
The chief justice runs as such in the general election and is selected by the state's voters.
In order to serve on the court, the following requirements must be met:
See also: Texas judicial elections, 2012
See also: Texas judicial elections, 2010
In 2008, three Republican incumbent justices ran for re-election against Democratic and Libertarian candidates; all three justices were re-elected.