Justice Eva Guzman (R) has resigned effective Friday amid speculation that she might challenge Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R).

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to answer this high calling,” she said in a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

Guzman was appointed to the high court in 2009 by then-Gov. Rick Perry (R). She was the first Hispanic/Latina woman elected statewide when she won a full term in 2010. In 2016, Guzman became the highest vote-getter in state history when nearly 4.9M Texans voted for her in the general election. That mark was broken in 2020, and the new record holder is Justice Jane Bland, who received 6.05M votes.

Guzman’s seat was up for re-election next year. Abbott will appoint a successor who will face Republican primary voters in a matter of months.

LAND open: Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) announced she would run for Land Commissioner. She ended 2020 with $1.2M on hand. San Antonio media strategist Weston Martinez (R) is also in the race. Incumbent George P. Bush (R) is running for Attorney General.

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