Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on Sept. 26 the appointment of 14th Court of Appeals Justice Jeff Brown (pictured) to the Texas Supreme Court.
Brown will fill a vacancy created by Justice Nathan Hecht’s ascension to the chief justice’s slot, effective Oct. 1.
Hecht replaces departing Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, who in earlier this month announced his retirement, also effective Oct. 1.
“This is the third judicial post that the governor has appointed me to," 14th Court of Appeals Justice Jeff Brown said in a telephone interview after the governor's Sept. 26 announcement that he had tapped Brown to replace Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht, who, effective Oct. 1, will himself replace retiring Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson.
“This appointment carries me through the end of 2014,” Brown said. He expects to launch an election campaign soon to win a bid for Hecht's unexpired term.
“I’m ready to begin campaigning,” Brown said.“It necessarily impinges on the time you would be using to do the job itself but I’m prepared to do both things until past the election.”
Brown also said he expects to bring to the high court, as Hecht has, his experience from the two court levels below.
“I recognize the peril at each one of those levels,” Brown said.
In the press release announcing Brown’s appointment, Perry states: “Jeff is an outstanding and accomplished jurist whose highest priority on the bench is preservation of the rule of law.”
Brown has served on the 14th Court since December 2007. Before that, he was 55th District Court judge in Harris County and worked as an associate with Baker Botts. A University of Houston Law Center graduate, Brown clerked for former Texas Supreme Court Justices Jack Hightower and Greg Abbott, currently the Texas Attorney General.
-- Miriam Rozen