Thomas R. Phillips
|Thomas Royal Phillips|
|Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court|
January 4, 1988 – September 3, 2004
|Nominated by||Bill Clements|
|Preceded by||John Luke Hill, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Wallace B. Jefferson|
October 23, 1949 |
|Spouse(s)||Marilyn Bracewell Phillips|
|Children||Daniel Austin Phillips|
|Alma mater||Woodrow Wilson High School
Thomas Royal Phillips (born October 23, 1949) is an attorney with the Baker Botts firm in Austin, Texas, who was from 1988 to 2004 the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. With nearly seventeen years of service, Phillips is the third-longest tenured Chief Justice in Texas history. He was appointed by Governor Bill Clements and was at that time the youngest Chief Justice since Texas became a state. In November 1988, he became the first Republican to be elected Chief Justice in the state's history. Phillips retired from the court in 2004 to return to the private sector. Governor Rick Perry appointed Associate Justice Wallace B. Jefferson to succeed Phillips.
In 1989, Phillips was inducted into Woodrow Wilson High School's Hall of Fame, which was created at that time to celebrate the school's 60th anniversary.
In 2010, Phillips and his former judicial colleague, Craig T. Enoch, announced their endorsements of 360th District Court Judge Debra Lehrmann of Fort Worth for the Place 3 seat on the Texas Supreme Court. Lehrmann won the Republican nomination over former State Representative Rick Green and then defeated the Democrat Jim Sharp in the November 2 general election.
In May 2011, Phillips and his wife privately settled a wrongful death lawsuit in which they had been accused of having permitted minors to consume alcohol at their home in Bastrop, Texas. After a party in 2009 at the Phillips residence allegedly hosted, according to the Associated Press, by their then 20-year-old son, Audrey King, a 17-year-old passenger who had been a Phillips guest, was killed in a traffic accident. Her parents sued; in their answer to the suit, the Phillipses said that they had no knowledge that the girl had been at their home or that minors were drinking there.
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John L. Hill, Jr.
|Texas Supreme Court Justice,
Wallace B. Jefferson
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