Today, Gov. Rick Perry announced the appointment of Jeff Brown of Houston as a justice of the Supreme Court of Texas.

Brown will join the court from his current role as justice of the 14th Court of Appeals, a position he has held since December 2007. Brown is also presiding judge of Harris County Success Through Addiction Recovery Drug Court No. 1, a former judge of the 55th Judicial District Court in Harris County, and a former associate attorney at Baker Botts LLP.

Among an extensive list of additional accomplishments, Brown served as law clerk to Texas Supreme Court Justices Jack Hightower and Greg Abbott. He is vice chair and past president of the Houston Law Review Board of Directors, treasurer of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, and past president of
the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists.

Brown received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

"Jeff is an outstanding and accomplished jurist whose highest priority on the bench is preservation of the rule of law," said Perry. "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."

Brown’s term will expire at the next general election.