Texas Supreme Court Justice John Devine has already drawn a 2024 challenger. Devine is considered by observers to be the court’s most consistently conservative member.

Challenging Devine will be Brian Walker, who currently sits on the Fort Worth-based 2nd Court of Appeals. Walker’s father is Scott Walker, a member of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals who has twice voted to weaken enforcement of the state’s election laws.

According to sources at a fundraising event Wednesday, Walker said Devine is planning to retire. Justice Devine refuted that assertion on social media.

“Let me make this real clear. Rumors that I am retiring are FALSE. I think I’d be the first know if I was retiring. Beginning a campaign on such a false and misleading premise is unbecoming of a Justice of the State of Texas,” wrote Devine in social media post Wednesday evening.

NOTE: This article was updated to include a quote from Justice Device.

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