First reported by The Houston Chronicle and confirmed by the governor’s office, her departure from the judicial position becomes effective on Friday.
“With utmost gratitude for the opportunity and gift of public service, I write to inform you that I am resigning from my office as Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas (Place 9), effective Friday, June 11, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.,” Guzman wrote Abbott.
Prior to her appointment on the Texas Supreme Court, Guzman was a judge in Harris County and the Houston-based Fourteenth Court of Appeals.
She was first appointed to the Texas Supreme Court in 2009 by Gov. Rick Perry and she was subsequently reelected to the position in 2010 and 2016.
“In all of these forums, the people of Texas have entrusted me with the solemn duties of judicial office, chief among them to uphold our state and federal constitutions,” wrote Guzman. “It has been the honor of a lifetime to answer this high calling.”
Serving six-year terms, the next election for Guzman had she decided to seek reelection would have been in the upcoming 2022 elections.
Her resignation comes at a time when several politicians in the state have been scrambling in anticipation of the next election cycle.
Current Land Commissioner George P. Bush has launched a primary challenge to be the state’s top attorney against Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose tenure has been thrust into controversy because of criminal allegations from former top aides.
Also on Monday, Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) announced her campaign to take Bush’s place as the head of the General Land Office.
“Governor, I am confident you will fill the impending Supreme Court of Texas vacancy with a jurist who will bring honor to the office and exemplary service to the people of the Lone Star State,” wrote Guzman.
“In departing from the judiciary, I echo the words of our forefathers by ‘humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God’ on the great state of Texas and our justice system and all it serves. God be with the State of Texas and the honorable Supreme Court of Texas.”
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.