J. Dale Wainwright
|Texas Supreme Court,
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|
June 19, 1961 |
Mt. Juliet, Wilson County
|Children||Jeremy, Phillip, Joshua Wainwright|
|Alma mater||Howard University (B.A.)|
J. Dale Wainwright (born June 19, 1961, 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.
Electoral history to the court
Historic 2002 election
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.
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.
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.
Wainwright and his wife, Debbie, have three sons, Jeremy, Phillip, and Joshua Wainwright.
- "Justice Dale Wainwright". voiceofpayments.org. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
- "Perry names aide to state Supreme Court", Laredo Morning Times, November 27, 2012, p. 5A
- Supreme Court Profile: Dale Wainwright, Texas Bar Journal, Retrieved May 17, 2009
- 2008 Campaign Site
- Profile of Justice Wainwright at the Texas Supreme Court website
- "New Texas Supreme Court Justice began aspirations in Mt. Juliet," The Tennessean, May 29, 2003.
|Texas Supreme Court Justice,
Jeffrey S. Boyd