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And a proven commitment of protecting our rights and freedoms.




Thank you for caring about the leadership of our courts.


As the Senior Justice on the 13th Court of Appeals, 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 Texans today, and for generations to come.


If you have questions, ideas to share, or want to get more involved, feel free to email me at




Justice Gina Benavides is the Senior Justice of the 13th Court of Appeals, and author of over 1500 opinions. She is a published thought leader on ethics in leading law journals and is widely respected by her peers for her dedication to access to justice, regardless of income, and promoting the highest standards in our judicial system.


At a time when politics divides us, our courts once again have become the last line of defense for our basic rights and freedoms. That’s why legal advocates and community leaders alike are looking to Gina Benavides as the next Chief Justice for Texas’ 13th Court of Appeals. Experience and a proven commitment to our democratic principles matter more than ever to ensure the law applies equally and fairly to all.


Justice Benavides’ reputation stands apart, a fact recognized by the Texas Supreme Court, the President of the State Bar of Texas, and her peers in the judiciary who have called upon her to assume critical leadership roles time and again, including:


  • Chair of the Judicial Section, Annual Judicial Conference

  • Chair, Texas Center for the Judiciary

  • Regional Director, National Association of Women Judges

  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society

  • Board Member, Appellate Section, State Bar of Texas

  • Past Commissioner, Texas Access to Justice Commission

  • Board of Directors, Texas Legal Services Center

  • Vice-Chair, Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Business, Consumer, Insurance, and Employment Committee

  • Executive Board Member, Texas American Board of Trial Attorneys – Corpus Christi Chapter


Justice Benavides’ commitment to service extends far beyond the courtroom. She is a regular volunteer for student mock trials, and a frequent speaker in classrooms throughout South Texas, believing a strong civic education is foundational to the strength of our democracy. Justice Benavides is also a charter member of the St. Thomas Moore Society of Hidalgo County, founded in 2013 by a group of Catholic lawyers and judges who are committed to the Catholic faith and the law.


A native of Corpus Christi, Justice Benavides is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston Law Center. Before being elected to the bench, she practiced law in Corpus, McAllen, and Brownsville. Gina and her husband Sammy Calderon have 4 grandchildren. 

If you wish to mail a check, please send to:

Gina Benavides Campaign
4405 S. Shea Parkway
Corpus Christi, TX 78413

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