Eva Guzman brings a depth of legal experience, civic service and leadership to the important work of helping shape the future of Texas.

Overcoming life’s challenges has a way of shaping one’s path and purpose. And, for Eva Guzman, finding the courage and strength to press on during hard times helped shape her character and success.

As an attorney and as a judge, she handled cases across a number of fields in both civil and criminal law. She unpacked complex legal issues and helped Texans solve all kinds of problems.

Eva’s contributions earned recognition from professional, community, and law enforcement groups with high honors and awards.

They dubbed Eva a pathfinder, a trailblazer, and an outstanding leader.

And, in 2009, they hailed Justice Guzman as a history maker when she became the first Latina to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas and the first to hold statewide office.

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    Eva’s Story

    I grew up in Houston’s East End, the middle of seven children born to hard-working immigrants. My father worked as a welder and my mother earned what she could doing cleaning jobs. Though neither of them went to school beyond the sixth grade, they knew the promise and opportunities that would come with education and what it could mean for their children.

    My parents taught me the importance of faith and family and the value of freedom. Patriotic to the core, they cherished their American citizenship and the opportunity to prosper here. They pushed their children to excel in school. Through the power of their example, I learned to work hard and to dream big.

    Growing up with little money in a family of nine meant making sacrifices and finding ways to overcome barriers. As a young teen, I worked an evening shift at a drapery factory and an assortment of other jobs throughout my teenage years, helping my family to make ends meet and saving to finance my dream of going to college.  All the hard work paid off.

    I put myself through The University of Houston, earned a law degree from South Texas College of Law, partnered with my husband to build a marriage and family, and managed a successful law practice before becoming a judge in 1999. Over the course of the next 22 years, I served at three levels of the Texas judiciary, more than half of that time as a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas.

    My journey from the factory to the courthouse was not an easy one but it prepared me well for a life in public service. I have experienced firsthand the challenges many Texans face every day.

    • I know the struggles of low-income families and what it means to navigate life’s problems without meaningful access to justice.
    • As a mother, I know the struggles of parents trying to bring up children in a world growing ever more hostile to God-honoring people and principles.
    • As the wife of a veteran police officer who served the Houston Police Department for 37 years, I know the vital role law enforcement plays in our communities and the sacrifices first responders and their families make to keep us safe.
    • I know the costs and sacrifices of putting food on the table, paying bills, and getting an education.
    • I know the demands and risks of running a business.
    • I know the fears of communities vulnerable to crime.
    • I know the burdens and anxieties facing working families and the toll it can take on mental health.
    • As a long-serving judge, I know the protections the law affords and how to defend and safeguard our liberties.

    These life experiences give me insights and perspectives that will enable me to help lead Texas proudly into the future.

    Eva’s Story

    I grew up in Houston’s East End, the middle of seven children born to hard-working immigrants. My father worked as a welder and my mother earned what she could doing cleaning jobs. Though neither of them went to school beyond the sixth grade, they knew the promise and opportunities that would come with education and what it could mean for their children.

    My parents taught me the importance of faith and family and the value of freedom. Patriotic to the core, they cherished their American citizenship and the opportunity to prosper here. They pushed their children to excel in school. Through the power of their example, I learned to work hard and to dream big.

    Growing up with little money in a family of nine meant making sacrifices and finding ways to overcome barriers. As a young teen, I worked an evening shift at a drapery factory and an assortment of other jobs throughout my teenage years, helping my family to make ends meet and saving to finance my dream of going to college.  All the hard work paid off.

    I put myself through The University of Houston, earned a law degree from South Texas College of Law, partnered with my husband to build a marriage and family, and managed a successful law practice before becoming a judge in 1999. Over the course of the next 22 years, I served at three levels of the Texas judiciary, more than half of that time as a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas.

    My journey from the factory to the courthouse was not an easy one but it prepared me well for a life in public service. I have experienced firsthand the challenges many Texans face every day.

    • I know the struggles of low-income families and what it means to navigate life’s problems without meaningful access to justice.
    • As a mother, I know the struggles of parents trying to bring up children in a world growing ever more hostile to God-honoring people and principles.
    • As the wife of a veteran police officer who served the Houston Police Department for 37 years, I know the vital role law enforcement plays in our communities and the sacrifices first responders and their families make to keep us safe.
    • I know the costs and sacrifices of putting food on the table, paying bills, and getting an education.
    • I know the demands and risks of running a business.
    • I know the fears of communities vulnerable to crime.
    • I know the burdens and anxieties facing working families and the toll it can take on mental health.
    • As a long-serving judge, I know the protections the law affords and how to defend and safeguard our liberties.

    These life experiences give me insights and perspectives that will enable me to help lead Texas proudly into the future.

    Awards and Recognitions

    During Eva Guzman’s tenure in the Texas judiciary, she ruled on thousands of cases and authored hundreds of judicial opinions, many on issues of first impression. Eva earned a masters in law degree from Duke University School of Law, learning from two great constitutionalists, United States Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito, whose judicial philosophy she shares.

    Through decades of study and judicial service, Justice Guzman has honed her knowledge and understanding of the Texas and United States Constitutions, and that has fueled her passion to protect and defend them.

    Hailed as a Trailblazer, a Pathfinder, and a Pioneer

    • Trailblazer Honoree, National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference (2017)
    • Modern Trailblazer Award, Association of Women Attorneys (2014)
    • Latina Trailblazer Award, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (2012)
    • Pathfinder Award, Texas Women Lawyers (2012)
    • Pathfinder Award, Travis County Women Lawyers Association (2010)
    • Pioneer Award, Institute of Hispanic Culture (2010)

    Recognized for Leadership

    • Texas Leadership Hall of Fame Inductee (2015)
    • Outstanding Texas Leader Award, The John Ben Shepperd Leadership Institute, The University of Texas Permian Basin (2015)
    • Outstanding Judicial Service and Leadership Award, Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section (2016)
    • Vision Award, Texas Advocacy Project (2016)
    • Top 100 Latino Leaders, Latino Leaders Magazine (2017)
    • Leadership Award, Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation (2013)
    • Community Leader Award, SER Jobs for Progress (2013)
    • 101 Most Influential Latino Leaders, Latino Leaders Magazine (2010, 2011)
    • 100 Outstanding Women in Leadership Award, Hispanic Women in Leadership (2009)
    • Presidential Invitee, National Hispanic Leadership Summit, Washington, D.C. (2006)
    • Recognition for 10 Years of Leadership as Chair of the Children’s Commission, Texas CASA (2020)

    Celebrated for Impact, Contributions, and Service

    • Alumni Impact Award, South Texas College of Law (2014)
    • Woman of the Year Award, Sucesos Publications Tribute to Hispanic Women (2014)
    • Statesman of the Year Award, Texas Asian Republican Club (2014)
    • Guardian of Justice Award, Texas Legal Services Center (2016)
    • Woman of Distinction Award, Texas Federation of Republican Women (2020)
    • Graciela Olivárez Award, Hispanic Law Student Association at Notre Dame Law School (2020)
    • Women of Distinction Award, Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (2013)
    • Special Recognition for Devotion to Children, Children’s Assessment Center of Houston (2012)
    • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Houston Independent School District (2009)
    • Women on the Move® Award, Texas Executive Women (2006)
    • President’s Awards for Outstanding Service, Houston Bar Association (2006, 2008)
    • Recognized for Outstanding Service in the Community, Mexican-American Bar Association (2009)
    • Honorary Alumna Award, The University of Houston Law Center (2017)

    Commended for Excellence

    • Luther H. Soules II Award for Excellence in Litigation, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section (2021)
    • Award of Exceptional Distinction (citing excellence, strength, wisdom, and integrity), The Yellow Rose of Texas Republican Women (2020)
    • Pro Bono Excellence Award, Lone Star Legal Aid (2020)

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