Governor Perry has appointed Fourteenth Court of Appeals Justice Jeff Brown (pictured) to fill the seat being vacated by Justice Nathan Hecht, who in turn is replacing departing Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. All of these moves officially become effective on October 1, 2013.
Brown began his career clerking for Supreme Court Justice Jack Hightower, then worked at Baker Botts before taking the bench, first as a Harris County district judge and then an appellate justice. He ran for the Supreme Court in 2010 in what wound up as a six-way Republican primary race filled with qualified candidates.
Justice Brown will hit the statewide campaign trail immediately, as he must run in the 2014 general election to retain his new seat. Chief Justice Hecht, Justice Phil Johnson, and Justice Jeff Boyd will also be on the ballot next November.
I am proud to say I knew Justice Brown way back when—I clerked for Justice Raul Gonzalez when he started out with Justice Hightower and have enjoyed following his career since. The Court is getting an excellent jurist who will work hard and treat everyone fairly. Congratulations, Justice Brown!