John P. Devine

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John Devine is a Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. Justice Devine defeated incumbent Justice David Medina in the July 31, 2012 run-off. Justice Devine ran without a Democratic opponent and won election in the November 6, 2012 general election.[1] John Devine will be sworn in as Texas Supreme Court Justice in early January 2013, after Justice Medina's term ends on December 31, 2012.

John Devine graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1986.[2]

Before being elected to the Texas Supreme Court John P. Devine was the District Judge for the 190th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas from 1995 through 2002. John P. Devine was a Special Judge to the Harris County Justice of the Peace Courts from 2002 through 2011. He also served on the Harris County Juvenile Board, Harris County Juvenile Justice School Board, Board of Civil District Judges Mass Torts, Board of Civil District Judges, Texas Association of State Judges and American Judges Association.[3]

John Devine was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for refusing to take down a painting of the Ten Commandments in his courtroom. John Devine won that battle.[4]

John Devine is married to his wife Nubia Devine. He has seven children, four boys and three girls. His youngest daughter died shortly after birth.[5]