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Qualifications for Office

Public Office Sought in 2014
U.S. Citizen Texas
Resident
District
Resident
Registered
to Vote
in Texas
Age Practicing
Lawyer or
Judge
Source e Term of Office
United States Senator 9 yrs. Yesa - - 30 - I § 3 6 yrs.
United States Representative 7 yrs. Yesa not req'd - 25 - I § 2 2 yrs.
Governor Yes 5 yrs.b - - 30 d - IV § 4 4 yrs.
Lieutenant Governor Yes 5 yrs.b - - 30 d - IV § 16 4 yrs.
Attorney General Yes 12 mo.c - - 18 d not req’d IV § 22 4 yrs.
Comptroller of Public Accounts Yes 12 mo.c - - 18 d - IV § 23 4 yrs.
Commissioner of General Land Office Yes 12 mo.c - - 18 d - IV § 23 4 yrs.
Commissioner of Agriculture Yes 12 mo.c - - 18 d - IV § 23 4 yrs.
Railroad Commissioner Yes Yesa - Yes 25 d - §81.01003,
§81.01004
6 yrs.
Chief Justice & Justice, Supreme Court Yes Yesa - - 35 b 10 yrs. b V § 2 6 yrs.
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Yes Yesa - - 35 b 10 yrs. b V § 4 6 yrs.
State Senator Yes 5 yrs.b 12 mo.b - 26 b - III § 6 4 yrs.
State Representative Yes 2 yrs.b 12 mo.b - 21 b - III § 7 2 yrs.
Member, State Board of Education Yes 12 mo.b 12 mo.b Yes 26 b -

§ 7.103
§ 7.104

4 yrs.
Chief Justice & Justice, Court of Appeals Yes Yesa Yesa - 35 b 10 yrs. b V § 6 6 yrs.
District Judge Yes 2 yrs.b 2 yrs.b - 25 d 4 yrs. b V § 7,
§ 24.001
4 yrs.
Criminal District Judge Yes 2 yrs.b 2 yrs.b - 25 d 4 yrs. b V § 7,
§ 24.001
4 yrs.
Family District Judge Yes 2 yrs.b 2 yrs.b - 25 d 4 yrs. b V § 7,
§ 24.001
4 yrs.
District Attorneyf Yes 12 mo. Yes - 18 d Yes V § 30,
§ 41.001
4 yrs.
Criminal District Attorneyf Yes Yes Yes - 18 d Yes V § 30,
ch. 44,
§ 41.001
4 yrs.
County Judge Yes 12 mo.c 6 mo.c - 18 d not req’d V § 15 4 yrs.
Judge, County Court-at-Law f Yes Yes 2 yrs. - 25 d 4 yrs.b V § 30,
§ 25.0014
4 yrs.
Judge, County Criminal Ct. f Yes Yes 2 yrs. - 25 d 4 yrs.b V § 30,
§ 25.0014
4 yrs.
Judge, County Probate Ct. f Yes Yes 2 yrs. - 25 d 4 yrs.b V § 30,
§ 25.0033
4 yrs.
District Clerk Yes 12 mo.c 6 mo.c - 18 d - V § 9 4 yrs.
District & County Clerk Yes 12 mo.c 6 mo.c - 18 d - V § 20 4 yrs.
County Clerk Yes 12 mo.c 6 mo.c - 18 d - V § 20 4 yrs.
County Treasurer Yes 12 mo.c 6 mo.c - 18 d - XVI § 44 4 yrs.
County Surveyor Yes 12 mo.c 6 mo.c - 18 d - XVI § 44 4 yrs.
County Commissioner Yes 12 mo.c 6 mo.c - 18 d - V § 18 4 yrs.
Justice of the Peace Yes 12 mo.c 6 mo.c - 18 d - V § 18 4 yrs.
Constable g Yes 12 mo.c 6 mo.c - 18 d -

V § 18
86.0021

4 yrs.
  1. No duration specified.
  2. Before date of general election.
  3. Before December 9, 2013, if candidate for Democratic or Republican Party Nomination. Before March 15, 2014, if other party nominee for precinct, county, or single-county district office. Before March 22, 2014, if other party nominee for multi-county district office. Before June 14, 2014, if other party nominee for statewide office. Before June 26, 2014, if independent candidate. Before November 4, 2014, if write-in candidate.
  4. On first day of term to be filled at election.
  5. Citations refer to article and section number of the U.S. Const. for U.S. Sen. & U.S. Rep.; section number of the Tex. Educ. Code Ann. for Member, State Board of Education; section number of the Tex. Nat. Res. Code Ann. for Railroad Commission; chapter and/or section number of the Tex. Gov’t Code Ann. for district, criminal district & county attorney; and district, criminal district, family district & county court-at-law judge; section number of Tex. Loc. Gov’t Code Ann. for constable; and article and section number of the Tex. Const. for all others. Also see § 141.001 of the Tex. Elec. Code Ann.
  6. Statutory qualifications may vary; contact your local party chair or the Secretary of State.
  7. Additional qualifications for constable: must be either (1) eligible to be licensed under sections 1701.309, 1701.312, and 1701.502 of the Texas Occupations Code AND (a) has at least an associate’s degree, (b) is a special investigator under Article 2.122(a), Code of Criminal Procedure, or (c) is an honorably retired peace officer or honorably retired federal criminal investigator who holds a certificate of proficiency issued under Section 1701.357, Texas Occupations Code OR (2) an active or inactive licensed peace officer under Chapter 1701 of the Texas Occupations Code.

Special Note 1: Please be advised that due to the removal of the staggering schedule from Article XVI, Section 65 of the Texas Constitution, there are various local offices which may have been created by your county commissioner’s court but are not listed in this guide. For further information on filing for county office not listed, please contact the county clerk’s office or the office of the Secretary of State.

Special Note 2: Please be advised that executive and judicial officers elected in a statewide election, state appellate and district judges, members of the State Board of Education, and district or criminal district attorneys (among others) are subject to the provisions of Chapter 572 of the Texas Government Code Ann., which relates to personal financial disclosure, standards of conduct, and conflicts of interest issues. For further information on the applicability and requirements of Chapter 572, candidates should contact the Texas Ethics Commission.

Special Note 3: Please be advised that following redistricting and in accordance with Article III, Section 3 of the Texas Constitution, the terms of office in the Texas Senate are staggered and will end in 2014 for districts 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 23, 25, 30, and 31; and in 2016 for districts 1, 4, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, and 29.

Special Note 4: Please be advised that following redistricting and in accordance with § 7.104(b) of the Texas Education Code Ann., offices of members of the State Board of Education for districts 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 12, and 13 will end in 2014. Offices of members of the State Board of Education for districts 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, and 15 will end in 2016.