2024 – 13th Court of Appeals, Chief Justice

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November General Election Race only

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Gina Benavides

Jaime Tijerina

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Candidate (G)
Candidate (I)

Texas Bar Card Number1799245000794741
Campaign Mailing Address4405 S. Shea Parkway
Corpus Christi, Texas 78413
Jaime Tijerina Campaign
POB 4015
McAllen, TX 78502
Campaign ContactJusticeGina@justiceginabenavides.comvote@jaimeforjustice.com
Campaign Websitewebsitewebsite
Social Media Linkstwitter
Current OccupationJustice, 13th Court of Appeals
Place 5
Since 2007

Justice, 13th Court of Appeals
Place 4
since 2019

Years of Texas Residency
JD School & YearUniversity of Houston
Law Center
Thurgood Marshall
School of Law
Texas Southern University
Other EducationB.B.A., University of Texas at Austin
B.B.A., Business
UT-Pan American
Year of State Bar Licensure19881995
Legal Experience - NonjudicialLitigator: Gonzalez & Associates, P.C.; McAllen (2000-07)

Adams & Graham Law Firm; Harlingen (1988-2000)
Deputy City Attorney, City of Mission (2015-2018)

Attorney, Jaime Tijerina, Lawyer (1995-present)

Judge Advocate, U.S. Army (1988-2020)
Jury Trial Experience
Appellate Judicial ExperienceJustice, 13th Court of Appeals
Place 5
Since 2007

*Has authored more than 900 opinions on issues involving civil and criminal matters
Other Judicial ExperienceJudge, 92nd District Court, Hidalgo County (2013-14)

County Attorney, Kenedy County (2000-13)
Board Certifications
Courts AdmittedFifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
All Texas State Courts
US Southern Dist. of Texas
US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Honors and AwardsLatina Judge of the Year, National Hispanic Bar Association (2007)

Judge of the Year, Hispanic Issues Section, Texas State Bar (2016)

Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly (2004)

Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly (2003)
Prior Elections
Most Recent Bar Polls2024 Poll
264 70%
2024 Poll
111 30%
Key Endorsements (Max 5)
Judicial Philosophy (Max 250 words)

As the Senior Justice on the 13th Court, I know first-hand how important the role of the Chief Justice is in establishing a culture of deliberation, transparency, and respect for the law, no matter the political consequences.


I’m running for Chief Justice to ensure the law is applied equally and fairly to all. What happens in our courts has a direct impact on the lives of regular Texas today, and for generations to come.

I would describe my Judicial Philosophy as a "loyalty to the law" as written. There is no better way to determine the intent of the constitution or statutes than by reading the actual words used by the drafters to express their intent.
MiscTried more than 30 cases throughout the state of Texas
Concentrations: toxic tort, products liability, commercial litigation, and personal injury
Veteran, Iraq and Afghanistan
Board member and board secretary of the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley
Former board member and board president of the University of Texas Pan American
Former board member of the Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association
Former board member and chair of the State Bar of Texas District 13 Grievance Committee
Former board member of the Texas District and County Attorney's Association
Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
Member of the Texas Prosecutor's Society
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