Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Supreme Court Justice John Devine (R)

Industry
Lawyer, State Government
Education
B.S., Ball State University; J.D., South Texas College of Law
Spouse
Nubia Devine
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Devine was elected to the Supreme Court in 2012, the sixth political office he has sought since being elected a district judge in Harris County in 1994.

  • He has run for Congress twice, and in 2010 he lost a race for a district judge seat in Montgomery County.

  • He was a district judge until 2002, when he resigned before his term ended to become a special judge for the Harris County Justice of the Peace Courts. 

  • He previously worked at the Houston law firm Woodfill and Pressler LLP; he worked for Shell Oil before and during law school.

     

  • He reports income from David Weekly Homes. 

Property

  • Two properties in Travis County: a home valued at $491,875 and a home valued at $491,512

Analysis

  • The Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct sanctioned Devine in 1997 for using his judge's chambers for an event announcing a run for Congress.

  • He was sued for unpaid charges on his American Express card, according to the Austin American-Statesman; a court ordered that he repay almost $22,000, and an appeals court upheld that ruling in 2011.

  • At a June rally in Fort Worth, Devine told the crowd he had been arrested 37 times while protesting abortion clinics. He later told the Tribune he had been arrested "several" times but could not remember exactly how many. 

  • While serving as a judge in Harris County, Devine defeated a lawsuit filed against him for having a painting of the Ten Commandments in his courtroom.