Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson stepping down

Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson of The Supreme Court of Texas has announced his retirement.

Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson of The Supreme Court of Texas has announced his retirement.

Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of Texas, has submitted his resignation. Jefferson steps down effective October 1.

Jefferson has served on Texas’ top court since being appointed by Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) in March 2001. He was later retained by voters in November 2002. In September 2004 Governor Perry appointed him as Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of Texas. Chief Justice Jefferson’s appointment was confirmed by the Texas Senate in March of 2005. Voters retained him as Chief Justice in 2006, and later voted to give him a full-term as chief in 2008. Chief Justice Wallace was to have served until December 31, 2014.

His 2001 appointment made him the first African-American to sit on Texas’ high court. His 2005 appointment was significant in his own right as he became one of few African-Americans in history to preside over a state Supreme Court.

In a statement on the Court’s website, it is noted that Jefferson has not decided on his plans upon retirement.

Prior to going onto the bench was an attorney in private practice at the firm of Crofts, Callaway & Jefferson in San Antonio.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 1985 and a law degree from the University of Texas in 1988.

He is a member of the board of trustees for the University of Texas Law School Foundation.

Chief Justice Jefferson and his wife Rhonda are the parents of three sons.

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