Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey S. Boyd (R)

Industry
Lawyer, State Government
Education
B.A., Abilene Christian University; J.D., Pepperdine University
Spouse
Jackie
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Boyd served as Gov. Rick Perry’s general counsel from January 2011 to September 2011 and chief of staff from September to December 2012, before Perry appointed him to the high court in December 2012.

  • Before that, he was a senior partner at the law firm Thompson & Knight LLP, a deputy attorney general and, immediately after law school, a clerk at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • His wife, Jackie Sue Boyd, works in the ministry at Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin.

  • Boyd has been the chairman of the board for Goodwill Industries of Central Texas.

Property

  • Austin residence valued at $323,730

Analysis

  • His appointment in December 2012 led both Texas Monthly and the Texas Observer to claim cronyism, because Boyd had been Perry's general counsel and chief of staff but had no judicial experience. Perry said that Boyd “has earned my confidence, and the confidence of those he has worked with in all his endeavors, because he has a brilliant legal mind, he is committed to preserving the rule of law and he strives every day to live a life of fairness, integrity and compassion.”