2024 – 13th Court of Appeals, Place 4

No Primary Race in March
November General Election Race only

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Joe Martinez

Ysmael Fonseca

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Texas Bar Card Number1314240024069726
Campaign Mailing Address
Campaign Contactinfo@judgefonseca.com
Campaign Websitewebsite
Social Media Linkstwitter
Current OccupationSolo PractitionerJudge, 476th District Court
2023 - present
Years of Texas Residency
JD School & YearUniversity of Texas
University of Notre Dame
Other EducationUniversity of Notre Dame
B.A. with honors, in Political Science and Spanish Literature 
Year of State Bar Licensure19822009
Legal Experience - NonjudicialPrivate Practice
since 1983
Paralegal Specialist for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
US Attorney's Office
Senator Cornyn, Judiciary Committee
Judicial Clerk, Judge Randy Crane, US Southern District Court
Guerra & Sabo, PLLC
Jury Trial Experience
Appellate Judicial Experience
Other Judicial ExperienceJudge, 464th District Court
Board Certifications
Courts AdmittedUS Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
US Western District Court of Texas
Honors and Awards
Prior Elections2020 464th District Court of Hidalgo County Ysmael Fonseca (R) 37.5% Joe Ramirez (D)
Most Recent Bar Polls2024 Poll - 200 57%2024 Poll - 153 43%
Key Endorsements (Max 5)
Judicial Philosophy (Max 250 words)
I am an originalist, I read the US and Texas Constitution, and statutes, and apply their original meaning. I am not a judicial activist, I will not read into a statute or constitutional  provision what I believe it should or could say.
Miscmember of State Bar of Texas Hidalgo County Bar Association, Leadership McAllen, Keep McAllen Beautiful and The International Order of Alhambra.
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