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David Medina

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David Medina
Current Court Information:
Texas Supreme Court
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Place 4
Appointed by:   Gov. Rick Perry
Active:   2004 - 2012
Past post:   General Counsel to Governor Rick Perry
Past term:   2004
Personal History
Born:   July 23, 1958
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Southwest Texas State University, 1980
Law School:   South Texas College of Law, 1989
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Texas
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  July 31, 2012
Primary vote:  46.7%DefeatedD
Election vote:  DefeatedD

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.[1] He left the court on December 31, 2012, after an unsuccessful bid for re-election.


Medina received his B.S. degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1980 and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1989.[2]


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.[3][2]

2012 election

Medina won 37.74 percent of the vote in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. Because no candidate received over 50 percent of the vote, he and John Devine competed in a primary runoff on July 31, 2012.[4] Medina was defeated in the runoff, receiving 46.69 percent of the vote to John Devine's 53.3%.[5]

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[3]

Notable cases

Church practices (2008)

Medina ruled in 2008 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."[6]

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. 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.[7]

See also

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