Justice Medina, a former Harris County state district judge, succeeded Wallace B. Jefferson in Place 4 after Jefferson's appointment as chief justice. Medina was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry and previously served as Perryís general counsel.
Prior to his appointment Medina was associate general counsel for Cooper Industries Inc. in Houston and served on the Harris County bench in 1996-2000 after his appointment to the post in May 1996 by then Gov. George W. Bush. He was elected in November 1996 and again in November 1998.
Medina was born on Galveston Island, attended public schools in Hitchcock and graduated with a bachelorís degree in Science from Southwest Texas State University in 1980. At the university he competed on the school's karate and baseball teams and was on the dean's list. In 1989 he earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law. He was also named to that schools dean's list and was a member of the American Bar Association Regional Moot Court National Championship Team.
He joined Cooper Industries in 1987 and was promoted to litigation counsel following his graduation from law school. Gov. Bush appointed him to the 157th State District Court, and the Houston Bar Association voted him as one of the top jurists in Harris County.
He rejoined Cooper in 2000 as associate general counsel for litigation, responsible for supervising Cooper's litigation and product-safety matters world wide.
Medina is a former board member of Habitat for Humanity and Houston Metro. He currently serves on the board for the Spring Klein Baseball Association and is the manager of his son's select baseball team. He has also served as an adjunct professor for South Texas College of Law, where he taught advanced civil trial litigation.
His term ends December 31, 2012.