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Dale Wainwright

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Dale Wainwright
Current Court Information:
Texas Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Active:   2003 - 2012
Preceded by:   Deborah Hankinson
Succeeded by:   Jeffrey S. Boyd
Past position:   Texas District 334
Past term:   1999 - 2002
Past position:   District Court Judge
Personal History
Born:   June 19, 1961
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Howard University, 1983
Law School:   University of Chicago Law School, 1988

Dale Wainwright was an associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court, in Place 7. He was elected on November 5, 2002 and took office on January 1, 2003.[1][2] He was re-elected on November 4, 2008 and resigned on September 30, 2012.[3][4]


Wainwright received his bachelor's degree from Howard University in 1983 and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1988.[5]


After graduating from law school, Wainwright went into private practice. In 1999, he was appointed to the 334th Civil District Court. He served in this capacity until election to the Texas Supreme Court in 2002.[6] He served on the Supreme court until September 30, 2012, when he resigned to work with the Austin firm Bracewell and Guiliani.[4]

Awards and associations

  • 2000 Legal Excellence Award, NAACP
  • Outstanding Legal Service, Houston Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Co-founder, Aspiring Youth Program
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Houston Bar Association
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Association
  • Former president, Houston Young Lawyers Association[6]



Wainwright was re-elected to the court in 2008.[7]

Candidate IncumbentSeatPartyElection %
Dale Wainwright ApprovedA YesPlace 7Republican51%
Sam Houston NoPlace 7Democratic45.8%
David Smith NoPlace 7Libertarian3%

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Wainwright received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.93, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.91 that justices received in Texas. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[8]


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