2024 – 3rd Court of Appeals, Place 2

Democratic Primary Race in March, with possible runoff
General Election Race in November

Court & PlaceDemocratDemocratRepublicanNotes/Other

Edward Smith*

Maggie Ellis

John Messinger

Candidate (L)
Candidate (G)
Candidate (I)

Texas Bar Card Number240377902407540124053705
Campaign Mailing AddressP.O. Box 650085, Austin, Texas 78765Maggie Ellis Campaign 8127 Mesa Dr. Ste B206-225, Austin, TX 78759
Campaign Contactmaggie@maggieforjustice.com messingerforjustice.com/contact
Campaign Websitesmithforjustice.commaggieforjustice.commessingerforjustice.com
Social Media Linkstwitter
Current OccupationJustice, 3rd Court of AppealsPrivate Practice
since 2017

Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney
since 2011

Years of Texas ResidencyNative
JD School & YearTexas Wesleyan University School of Law
Baylor University
Baylor University
Other EducationB.S. Political science
Texas A&M University (2001)
Year of State Bar Licensure2005
also licensed in California
Legal Experience - Nonjudicial
  • Associate Attorney, Brayton Purcell and with Hissey Kientz
  • Clerk, Superior Court of California
Private Practice
Assistant District Attorney, Travis County
Attorney, Coldwell | Bowes, L.L.P
McLennan County District Attorney's Office
Jury Trial Experience
Appellate Judicial Experience
Other Judicial Experience
Board CertificationsJuvenile Law
Courts Admitted
Honors and Awards
Prior Elections2024 Primary
31.48% vs two opponents

2018 Texas Democratic Party Primary

Third Court of Appeals, Place 2
100%; unopposed
2024 Primary
Most Recent Bar Polls2024 - 218 21%2024 - 270 26%2024 - 207 20%
Key Endorsements (Max 5)
Judicial Philosophy (Max 250 words)
Misc•chair of the State Bar’s Pattern Jury Charges—Criminal Committee
•John has filed 115 petitions for discretionary review in the Court of Criminal Appeals and has represented the State in over 90 cases granted review by that court. He has also represented the State in over 150 cases in the intermediate courts of appeals. John has presented oral argument in over 40 cases, split almost evenly between the Court of Criminal Appeals and intermediate courts of appeals.
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