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|
|Born||June 19, 1961|
Mt. Juliet, Wilson County
|Alma mater||Howard University (B.A.)|
University of Chicago Law School (J.D.)
|Occupation||attorney, former jurist|
Wainwright was initially elected to a six-year term, in November 2002, to replace Deborah Hankinson. In 2008, he was re-elected 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. He subsequently joined the Austin office of the law firm Bracewell and Giuliani. His successor on the court, effective December 3, 2012, was Jeffrey S. Boyd, a former chief of staff of then Texas Governor Rick Perry. Boyd was appointed by Perry to serve for the remainder of Wainwright's term.
Early education and career
Wainwright graduated summa cum laude with a major in economics from Howard University, studied at the London School of Economics as a Luard Scholar during his junior year, and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1988.
In 1999 Wainwright was appointed by then Texas Governor George W. Bush to the 334th District Court in Harris County (Houston), where he served until his election to the supreme court.
Wainwright and Wallace B. Jefferson were the first African Americans to be elected to the Texas Supreme Court. Jefferson was initially appointed by Perry in 2001, and won his seat in 2002, in the same election in which Wainwright was elected to an open seat on the court. Like all justices on the state supreme court, Wainwright was 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 and his wife, Debbie, have three sons, Jeremy, Phillip, and Joshua Wainwright.
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- Supreme Court Profile: Dale Wainwright, Texas Bar Journal, Retrieved May 17, 2009
- 2008 Campaign Site
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- "New Texas Supreme Court Justice began aspirations in Mt. Juliet," The Tennessean, May 29, 2003.
| Texas Supreme Court Justice,
Jeffrey S. Boyd