Colleagues, friends, and family of former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope Jr. gathered in the Texas House chambers on April 27 to honor the memory of the judicial trailblazer who died in February at the age of 103.

State officials read aloud House Resolution 1228—adopted by the House on April 13—which memorializes Pope, laying out the life history, career, and legal accomplishments of the jurist, who had the longest judicial tenure in Texas history.

“He was an extraordinary person who acted as a common man,” said state Rep. Travis Clardy, a co-author of the resolution, before leading a moment of silence. “He has been a tremendous example to lawyers and judges across the state.”

Read the Texas Supreme Court’s tribute to the late chief justice on its website.

Photo: State Rep. Travis Clardy speaks about former Chief Justice Jack Pope Jr. as colleagues, friends, and family stand nearby in the Texas House chambers on April 27.