AUSTIN (September 26, 2013)--Texas Gov. Rick Perry Thursday appointed a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht whom he chose to succeed departing Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson.
Perry named 14th Court of Appeals Justice Jeff Brown of Houston to succeed Hecht, who becomes chief justice after Wallace retires on Tuesday.
Perry first appointed Brown to his current position in December 2007.
Brown is also a former judge on the 55th Judicial District Court in Harris County.
Brown clerked for former Texas Supreme Court Justices Jack Hightower and Greg Abbott, who is now Texas attorney general and is seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
"Jeff is an outstanding and accomplished jurist whose highest priority on the bench is preservation of the rule of law," Perry said. ‘
"Jeff is a staunch defender of the constitutional freedoms our state and our nation are founded upon and he will uphold these values with honor, dignity and integrity as a Supreme Court justice. I am pleased he will continue his lifelong commitment to public service and the people of Texas by accepting this appointment."