Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle became the newest justice of the Texas Supreme Court at a ceremony on October 30 at the Texas Supreme Court where Gov. Greg Abbott administered the oath.

“This is a great day for the court because this court is adding an extremely illustrious member of the bar here in the state of Texas,” Abbott said. “It makes what I consider to be the premier supreme court in the United States even more exceptional.”

Huddle, who grew up in El Paso, was appointed by Abbott to replace Justice Paul Green, who retired in August. She will serve the remainder of his term, which ends December 31, 2022.

“The rule of law demands many things of our judicial system and of each of the justices who works in it—neutrality, independence, impartiality, fairness, and above all a commitment to faithfully applying the constitution and other laws as they are written and not to as we think they ought to have been written,” Huddle said.

Huddle’s formal investiture will be held at a date to be announced.