Gov. Rick Perry appointed Mark Alan Calhoon of Palestine as judge of the 3rd Judicial District Court. He's a former assistant district attorney now in private practice, and he's a school board member (or will be until he puts on the robes).
The governor named Thomas Wingate of Mission as judge of the 430th District Court. He's CEO of a title company and legal counsel to Wingate Law Offices.
Luanne Southern will be the new deputy commissioner at the Texas Department of State Health Services. She was most recently at Washington, D.C.-based Mental Health America, an advocacy group. At DSHS, she'll run consumer and external affairs, policy and innovation, and program coordination.
Eldon White will become the new executive vice president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in May. He's currently running the National Agri-Marketing Association in Kansas. White will replace Matt Brockman, who retired in November. That group has a new slate of officers: Jon Means of Van Horn, president; G. Dave Scott of Richmond, first vice president; and Joe Parker Jr. of Byers, second vice president and secretary.
Recovering: U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, D-Stafford, after heart bypass surgery.