Texas lawyers have elected Steve Benesh of Austin as the next president-elect of the State Bar of Texas.
Benesh received 52.41%—12,081—of the 23,051 votes cast during the monthlong voting period that ended May 2. His opponent, Jerry Alexander of Dallas, received 47.59%, or 10,970 votes.
Benesh will be sworn in as president-elect on June 22, 2023, and will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2024 to June 2025.
In the Texas Young Lawyers Association election, Hisham Masri of Dallas was elected president-elect and will serve as TYLA president from June 2024 to June 2025. He received 54.27% of the 4,890 votes cast, while his opponent, Cali Franks of Dallas, received 45.73%.
In other results, the following individuals were elected to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors:
- Christopher V. Popov, Houston, District 4, Place 2
- Michael J. Wynne, Houston, District 4, Place 4
- Shannon Quadros, Houston, District 4, Place 6
- Britney E. Harrison, Dallas, District 6, Place 3
- Krisi Kastl, Dallas, District 6, Place 4
- Rudolph “Rudy” K. Metayer, Austin, District 9, Place 1
- Rosalind V.O. Perez, Victoria, District 11
- Carlo Taboada, Brownsville, District 12
- Cade Browning, Abilene, District 14
- Stephen J. Venzor, El Paso, District 17
The following individuals were elected to the TYLA Board of Directors:
- Micah Satterwhite, Longview, District 1
- Garrett Couts, Lubbock, District 3
- Cali Franks, Dallas, District 5, Place 1
- William Biggers, Dallas, District 5, Place 3
- Katya E. Nikitina, Houston, District 6, Place 3
- Nadine Ona, Beaumont, District 7
- Rachael K. Jones, Round Rock, District 8, Place 1
- Claire Harbert, Waco, District 9
- Christy Mazurek, Fort Worth, District 10, Place 1
- William E. Johnson, Flower Mound, District 11
- Austin W. Stevenson, McAllen, District 13
- Tiffany Sheppard, San Angelo, District 15
- Jenna Castleman, San Antonio, District 18, Place 1
- Alyson A. Martinez, Laredo, District 19
- Michael Hanson, Sugar Land, District 21
There will be a runoff in the TYLA election for District 17, as no candidate received more than 50% of the votes cast. The candidates will be Kyle McCardle and Jackson Willingham, both of Midland. Voting will take place May 12-26.
Detailed election results are available at texasbar.com/elections.