Dale Wainwright

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J. Dale Wainwright
Dale Wainwright.jpg
Texas Supreme Court,
Place 7
In office
January 7, 2003 – September 30, 2012
Preceded byDeborah Hankinson
Succeeded byJeffrey S. Boyd
District Judge of the 334th Civil Court of Harris County, Texas
In office
Personal details
Born (1961-06-19) June 19, 1961 (age 57)
Mt. Juliet, Wilson County
Tennessee, USA
Spouse(s)Debra Wainwright
ResidenceAustin, Texas
Alma materHoward University (B.A.)
University of Chicago Law School (J.D.)
Occupationattorney, former jurist

J. Dale Wainwright (born June 19, 1961,[1] in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee) is a former associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court, now in private practice with Greenberg Traurig, LLP in Austin, Texas.[2]

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.[citation needed]

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.[3]

Early education and career[edit]

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.[4]

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.[citation needed]


2002 election[edit]

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.[5]

2008 election[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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b "Justice Dale Wainwright". voiceofpayments.org. Archived from the original on December 1, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  2. ^ "SBOT Profile Page for J. Dale Wainwright".
  3. ^ "Perry names aide to state Supreme Court", Laredo Morning Times, November 27, 2012, p. 5A
  4. ^ http://www.reelectdalewainwright.com/releases
  5. ^ Supreme Court Profile: Dale Wainwright, Texas Bar Journal, Retrieved May 17, 2009

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Preceded by
Deborah Hankinson
Texas Supreme Court Justice,
Place 7

Succeeded by
Jeffrey S. Boyd