AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry has named appeals court justice Jeff Brown of Houston to the State Supreme Court for a term expiring in November 2014.
Perry on Thursday called Brown "a staunch defender of the constitutional freedoms our state and our nation are founded upon."
Brown fills the seat of Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht, who Perry tapped earlier this month to replace Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. Jefferson is retiring Oct. 1.
Perry first appointed Brown to his current position on the 14th Court of Appeals in December 2007. He is also a former judge on the 55th Judicial District Court in Harris County.
Brown clerked for former Texas Supreme Court Justices Jack Hightower and Greg Abbott, who is now Texas attorney general and seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
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