Paul W. Green
|Paul W. Green|
|Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, Place 5|
January 1, 2005
|Preceded by||Steven Wayne Smith|
|Judge of the Fourth Court of Appeals of Texas|
January 1, 1995 – December 31, 2004
March 6, 1952 |
San Antonio, Texas
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Austin
St. Mary's University School of Law
Paul W. Green (born March 6, 1952 in San Antonio, Texas) is the Place 5 justice on the nine-member Supreme Court of Texas. He was elected to that court on November 2, 2004, and began his term the following January.
Green graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1974 from the University of Texas at Austin and received his Juris Doctor in 1977 from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, with the designation as a "distinguished graduate." Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Green was a justice for ten years on the Fourth Court of Appeals of Texas, based in San Antonio.
Green won the Republican nomination to his seat on the Court in a contested primary against then-Justice Steven Wayne Smith. Smith, though a new member of the Court at the time, was opposed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry. U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a former Texas Supreme Court Justice himself for seven years, also supported Green over Smith. In 2006, Smith sought to return to the Court by entering the primary contest against recent Perry appointee Don Willett, but Willett won the contested primary vote by a single percentage point.
Green ran for re-election in 2010. With 60 percent of the vote, he defeated William Moody and Tom Oxford in the general election.
Green won re-nomination in the Republican primary on March 1 against Rick Green (no relation), a former member of the Texas House of Representatives from Dripping Springs who is affiliated with David Barton in the group WallBuilders. Justice Green prevailed over Rick Green, 1,077,507 votes (52.1 percent) to 991,785 votes (47.9 percent). Green then defeated the Democrat Dori Contreras Garza in the November 8 general election, 4,758,334 (54.3 percent) to her 3,608,634 (41.2 percent). The Libertarian Party nominee, Tom Oxford, an earlier opponent of Justice Green, polled 288,504 votes (3.3 percent), and the Green candidate, Charles E. Waterbury received 107,731 (l.2 percent).
Steven Wayne Smith
|Texas Supreme Court Justice,