Jeffrey S. Boyd

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Jeffrey Scott Boyd
Texas Supreme Court Justice
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Appointed by Rick Perry
Preceded by Dale Wainwright
Personal details
Born (1961-12-02) December 2, 1961 (age 53)
Biloxi, Mississippi, USA[1]
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater Round Rock High School

Abilene Christian University
Pepperdine University School of Law

Occupation Lawyer

Texas Supreme Court Justice

Jeffrey Scott Boyd (born December 2, 1961) is a member of the Texas Supreme Court, the body of final appeal in civil and juvenile law in Texas. He was appointed to Place 7 on the court by Governor Rick Perry in the fall of 2012 to fill the seat vacated by Justice Dale Wainwright, an African-American justice who resigned with more than a year left in his term. Before joining the court, Boyd served as Governor Perry's general counsel from September of 2011 until November 2012.

Boyd graduated from Round Rock High School in Round Rock in Williamson County, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Boyd received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University near Malibu, California, where he graduated second in his law school class. Beginning in 1991, he clerked for Judge Thomas M. Reavley on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.[2] [3] Boyd served on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee from 2003 through 2012. From 2000 to 2003, Boyd served as counsel in the office of John Cornyn, the Attorney General of Texas who in 2002 was elected to the U.S. Senate. Boyd was then named as Governor Perry's chief of staff.[4]

Boyd was unopposed for a full six-year term on the high court in the Republican primary election held on March 4, 2014. In the November 4 general election, he defeated the Democrat Gina Benavides, 2,711,363 (58.9 percent) to 1,731,031 (37.6 percent).[5]


Preceded by
Dale Wainwright
Texas Supreme Court Justice,
Place 7

Succeeded by