Thirteenth Court of Appeals

Photo of Chief Justice Dori Contreras

Chief Justice Dori Contreras

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Chief Justice Dori Contreras was first elected as a Justice to the 13th Court of Appeals in 2002. She began her first term on January 1, 2003 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2014. She was elected Chief Justice in 2018 and will serve in this position through 2024. Chief Justice Contreras was raised in Pharr, Texas as the youngest of... Read more

Photo of Justice Gina M. Benavides

Justice Gina M. Benavides

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Justice Gina M. Benavides was first elected to the Thirteenth Court of Appeals in 2006 and took office in January of 2007. She was re-elected in 2012 and 2018. She is currently the Senior Justice on the Court. During her tenure as an appellate judge, Justice Benavides has authored more than 1500 opinions on issues involving civil and criminal matters. Service... Read more

Photo of Justice Nora Longoria

Justice Nora Longoria

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Justice Nora L. Longoria was first elected to the 13th Court of Appeals in 2012 and re-elected to a second six-year term in 2018.  She was born and raised in Edinburg, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station in 1986 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in History. In 1990, Justice Longoria received her... Read more

Photo of Justice Leticia Hinojosa

Justice Leticia Hinojosa

Place 3

Justice Leticia Hinojosa was born in Brownsville, Texas and graduated from Homer Hanna High School in 1975. After graduation from High School, she attended the University of Texas at Austin graduating Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts in Government in December of 1978. Justice Hinojosa also attended University of Texas Law School where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence... Read more

Photo of Justice Jaime E. Tijerina

Justice Jaime E. Tijerina

Place 4

Justice Jaime Eduardo Tijerina was appointed to the 13th Court of Appeals, Place 4, by Governor Greg Abbott in August of 2019. Justice Tijerina also served as the 464th and 93rd District Court Judge in 2018 and 2019, positions also appointed by Governor Abbott.  Justice Tijerina served as a City Attorney with the City of Mission, Texas from 2014 through... Read more