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Perry Taps Chief of Staff for Texas Supreme Court

Gov. Rick Perry has named Jeff Boyd, his chief of staff, as his choice to replace Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright, who resigned from the state's highest civil court earlier this year.

Texas Supreme Court justices listen to the State of the Judiciary speech on February 23, 2011.

Jeff Boyd, chief of staff to Gov. Rick Perry, is the governor’s choice for an open spot on the Texas Supreme Court.

He’ll replace Dale Wainwright, who resigned from the state's highest civil court earlier this year. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.  

“Jeff is a highly-respected attorney who has consistently excelled throughout his years of private practice, his terms of public service, and his leadership of important charitable organizations. His addition to the court will continue to protect the rule of law and further the tradition of defending the freedoms that Texans so vigorously uphold,” Perry said in a news release.

Boyd was an assistant to Texas attorneys general John Cornyn and Greg Abbott, worked in the private sector for the Thompson and Knight law firm and then became general counsel and, finally, chief of staff to the governor. According to the governor’s office, Boyd is past president of the board of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, past chairman of the board of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas and a past board member of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and Brentwood Christian School.

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