Gov. Rick Perry announced Thursday that he has appointed Jeff Brown to the open spot on the Texas Supreme Court, elevating a justice from Houston’s 14th Court of Appeals to the state’s highest civil court.
Brown, a Republican, is a former state district judge and a private practice attorney before that. He served as a law clerk at the Texas Supreme Court, working for Justices Jack Hightower and Greg Abbott.
Both Hecht and Brown will be on the ballot in 2014.