Personal Profile

Full Name Wallace Jefferson
Age 54
Race Black
Occupation Judge
Education B.A., Michigan State University; J.D., The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Spouse: Rhonda

Wallace Jefferson was appointed chief justice September 14, 2004, by Gov. Rick Perry. He succeeded former Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips as the 26th chief justice in Texas.

Jefferson was elected in August 2008 to be first vice president of the Conference of Chief Justices, and is scheduled to lead the organization as its president in 2010. The conference is an association of chief justices from every U.S. state and territory. As president, Jefferson will be chairman of the National Center for State Courts, a policy and resource organization in Williamsburg, Va.

Perry first appointed Jefferson to the Court in March 2001 and he was elected in November 2002 before becoming chief justice in 2004.

Jefferson joined the Court from private practice in San Antonio. As a partner in the appellate-specialty firm Crofts, Callaway & Jefferson, he successfully argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the James Madison College at Michigan State University and the University of Texas School of Law.

Jefferson is certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was San Antonio Bar Association president in 1998-99 and was the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer in 1997.

He received the "Pillars of the Foundation" award by the North Side Independent School District and is the namesake for the Wallace B. Jefferson Middle School in San Antonio. He has served as a director of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, of the Alamo Area Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and on the education committee of the San Antonio Area Foundation.

His appointment as chief justice was confirmed unanimously by the Texas Senate in 2005. He was elected chief justice in 2006 and reelected to a full term in 2008. His term ends December 31, 2014.

He and his wife, Rhonda, have three sons, William Douglas, Samuel Lewis, and Michael Andrew.