|Current Court Information:|
|Texas Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Rick Perry|
|Active:||2004 - 2012|
|Past post:||General Counsel to Governor Rick Perry|
|Born:||July 23, 1958|
|Undergraduate:||Southwest Texas State University, 1980|
|Law School:||South Texas College of Law, 1989|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Primary date:||July 31, 2012|
David M. Medina was a justice of the Texas Supreme Court, in Place 4. He was elected to a full-term on November 7, 2006, after being appointed by Governor Rick Perry on November 10, 2004. He left the court on December 31, 2012, after an unsuccessful bid for re-election.
Medina began working for Cooper Industries in 1987 and after graduating law school, became litigation counsel in 1989. He worked there until his appointment to the District 157 Court in May 1996. He served in this capacity until 2000, when he went back to Cooper Industries, as Associate General Counsel for Litigation. In 2004, Medina served as General Counsel to the governor, and that year, Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the Texas Supreme Court.
Medina won 37.74% of the vote in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. Because no candidate received over 50% of the vote, he and John Devine competed in a primary runoff on July 31, 2012. Medina was defeated in the runoff, receiving 46.69% of the vote to John Devine's 53.3%.
- See also: Texas judicial elections, 2012
Awards and associations
- Board Member, Spring Klein Baseball Association
- Former Board Member, Habitat for Humanity
- Former Board Member, Houston Metro
- Adjunct professor, South Texas College of Law
==Notable cases==Medina ruled, among other things, that a church’s religious practice of “laying hands” is entitled to First Amendment protection against a member’s emotional damage claims arising out of tort. "Assessing emotional damages against a church for engaging in theses religious practices would unconstitutionally burden [the church’s] right to free exercise and embroil the Court in an assessment of the propriety of those religious beliefs."
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. Medina received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.81, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is less 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.
- News: JP Election Brief: Ready for the next round of primaries, July 26, 2012
- News: JP Election Brief: Looking at Arizona, North Dakota and Texas, June 28, 2012
- News: JP Election Brief: Results from North Carolina and West Virginia (and more!), May 10, 2012
- The Supreme Court of Texas, Justice David Medina, Place 4
- Project Vote Smart, Justice David Medina (TX)
- Texas Supreme Court Opinions by Justice David Medina
- Statesman.com, "Texas Supreme Court tosses $15.8 million verdict in case involving illegal immigrant," March 12, 2010
- Texas Secretary of State, "2006 General Election results"
- Project Vote Smart, "Justice David Medina (TX)"
- The Supreme Court of Texas, "Justice David Medina, Place 4"
- 2012 Texas Republican Candidates
- Texas Secretary of State, "Republican Primary Runoff Results," accessed August 1, 2012
- The Southeast Texas Record, "Texas high court rules 'laying of hands' protected by law," July 10, 2008
- Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012