Dale Wainwright

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Judge
J. Dale Wainwright
Dale Wainwright.jpg
Texas Supreme Court,
Place7
In office
January 7, 2003 – September 30, 2012
Preceded by Deborah Hankinson
Succeeded by Jeffrey S. Boyd
District Judge of the 334th Civil Court of Harris County, Texas
In office
1999–2003
Personal details
Born (1961-06-19) June 19, 1961 (age 53)
Mt. Juliet, Wilson County
Tennessee, USA
Spouse(s) Debra Wainwright
Children Jeremy, Phillip, Joshua Wainwright
Residence Austin, Texas
Alma mater Howard University (B.A.)

University of Chicago Law School (J.D.)

Occupation Attorney

J. Dale Wainwright (born June 19, 1961,[1] in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee) is a former Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Initially elected to a six-year term in November 2002 to replace Deborah Hankinson, he was reelected in 2008 to a second term that would have ended in December 2014.

On September 30, 2012, Wainwright officially resigned from the Texas Supreme Court after nearly a decade of service. Instead the joined the Austin office of the law firm Bracewell and Giuliani. His successor on the court, effective December 3, 2012, is Jeffrey S. Boyd, a former chief of staff to Governor Rick Perry. Boyd was appointed by Perry to finish Wainwright's term.[2]

Electoral history to the court[edit]

Historic 2002 election[edit]

Along with Wallace B. Jefferson, Wainwright was the first African American ever elected to the Texas Supreme Court. Jefferson, initially appointed by Governor Perry in 2001, won his seat in 2002 in the same election in which Wainwright was elected to an open seat on the court. Jefferson subsequently was named Chief Justice. Like all current justices on the state Supreme Court, Wainwright is a Republican.[3]

2008 Reelection[edit]

In 2008, Wainwright sought his first reelection to the court. His main opponent was Democratic lawyer Sam Houston. Wainwright was reelected to a new six-year term with 51 percent of the vote to Houston's 45 percent. Libertarian candidate David G. Smith received 3 percent.

Background[edit]

Wainwright was appointed a district judge of the 334th Civil Court of Harris County in 1999 by Governor George W. Bush, where he served until his election to the supreme court. He graduated summa cum laude from Howard University and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.[4]

Wainwright and his wife, Debbie, have three sons, Jeremy, Phillip, and Joshua Wainwright.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Justice Dale Wainwright". voiceofpayments.org. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Perry names aide to state Supreme Court", Laredo Morning Times, November 27, 2012, p. 5A
  3. ^ Supreme Court Profile: Dale Wainwright, Texas Bar Journal, Retrieved May 17, 2009
  4. ^ http://www.reelectdalewainwright.com/releases

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Preceded by
Deborah Hankinson
Texas Supreme Court Justice,
Place 7

2003–2012
Succeeded by
Jeffrey S. Boyd