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Texas Supreme Court, Place 2 |
2016 Republican Primary

Hays County


Paul Green5,709 (36.90%)1,077,011 (52.07%)
Rick Green9,764 (63.10%)991,127 (47.92%)
Note: 7,913 of 7,927 precincts reported statewide. 49 of 49 precincts reported in Hays County.


AUSTIN — Former State Rep. Rick Green (R-Dripping Springs) lost a second close bid for a place on the Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday, winning just under 48 percent against incumbent Paul Green (R-San Antonio).

With only a handful of nearly 8,000 precincts left to be counted statewide, Rick Green’s tally stood this morning at 991,092 (47.93 percent) to Paul Green’s 1,076,978 (52.07 percent). Rick Green won Hays County with 9,764 (63.1 percent) of 15,473 votes cast.

“No matter the results later tonight, the Green family is 100 percent at peace that we did our duty and now the results are God’s,” Green wrote on Facebook as polls closed Tuesday evening.

A favorite of evangelicals and Tea Party conservatives — key constituencies in a Texas GOP primary — Rick Green was vigorously opposed by much of the state’s legal establishment. He received only 396 of 5,005 attorneys who responded to the State Bar of Texas’ biennial judicial candidate poll.

As one of six candidates running for the Texas Supreme Court Place 3 in the 2010 primary, Green won a plurality but lost in runoff to Debra Lehrmann (R-Fort Worth), 60,572 votes (48.2 percent) to 172,813 (51.8 percent).

Paul Green, who has sat on the supreme court since 2004, will run against Dori Contreras Garza (D-Edinburg) in the Nov. 8 general election.

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6 thoughts on “Rick Green falls short in second bid for Texas Supreme Court justice

  1. It appears that Paul Green’s lying ad about Rick not being an attorney worked. So sad that deception pays off.

  2. Dear Editors of the Austin American-Statesman: I was not surprised that Rick Green from Dripping Springs lost the Place 5 Texas Supreme Court position since he has zero judicial and private litigation experience compared to Paul Green of San Antonio. As a historian and scholar on American history, the founding generation, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution I also hope that he will never be in contention to become a justice on the Texas Supreme Court in the future since I do not agree with his judicial philosophy which attempts to mold the Constitution around his conservative views and agenda. His loss only proves that experience means a lot more than being an advocate of conservative political views and beliefs.
    Fred Hazen – Lakeway, TX March 3, 2016

  3. So, knowing the constitution and teaching on it is a disqualifier for being a Texas Supreme Court Justice?

  4. Who qualifies Rick Green as having great knowledge on the Constitution? There is no deception about being an attorney. I have several friends that are attorneys that have law degrees from UT. The simply fact of the matter is that Rick Green has very little standing and reputation in the higher education field. He also has very limited judicial and private litigation experience. We encourage voters to check out a candidates background and experience thoroughly before they go to the polls. Apparently the voters in Travis County didn’t do that when they voted for Robert Morrow as their new GOP chairman. Even though the Travis County case proves that voters really do know at times who they are really voting for on a straight party ticket, Paul Green beat Rick Green based on the vast differences in their experiences. That fact is particular important when you are voting for someone who will sit on the bench of the Texas Supreme Court. Rick Green lost the election to Paul Green based on his lack of experience. It is as simply as that beyond the fact that I didn’t agree with his political philosophy. Fred Hazen – Lakeway, TX

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