AUSTIN (November 26, 2012)--Gov. Rick Perry appointed his chief of staff, Jeffrey Boyd, to the Texas Supreme Court Monday.
Boyd will join the state's highest civil court Dec. 3 and finish a term that expires at the end of 2014, replacing Dale Wainwright, who resigned Sept. 30 to join Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Austin.
Boyd became Perry's chief of staff last year and was previously the governor's general counsel.
“He 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,” Perry said in announcing the appointment.
“I know he will bring this same commitment to the Texas Supreme Court, and we will all be better for it.”
In 2004, Perry named his then general counsel, David Medina, to the Supreme Court.
Medina lost a re-election bid in the Republican primary in July.
The general counsel helps the governor review death-penalty cases.
Perry has overseen 253 executions and commuted one sentence, granting life in prison to a death row inmate who drove the getaway car during a robbery and murder.