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 54)
Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.[1]
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Education Round Rock High School
Alma mater Abilene Christian University
Pepperdine University School of Law
Occupation Lawyer

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, and he won a full six-year term on the Court in the 2014 election.

Early life[edit]

Boyd is the third of four children of a military family and grew up living on or near numerous Air Force bases around the world. After being transferred from Germany to Austin just before his senior year of high school, he graduated from Round Rock High School in Round Rock in Williamson County, Texas in 1979. He received his undergraduate degree in Biblical studies from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas in 1983. He then served as youth and family minister for the Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin for five years before beginning law school. Boyd received his Juris Doctor summa cum laude from Pepperdine University near Malibu, California, where he graduated second in his law school class and was editor-in-chief of the Pepperdine Law Review.

Career[edit]

From 1991-1992, Boyd served as law clerk for Judge Thomas M. Reavley on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.[2][3] In 1992, Boyd joined the Austin office of Thompson & Knight as a civil trial associate, and became a partner on his first year of eligibility in 1998. In 2000, Boyd left the firm to accept an appointment as Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation in the office of John Cornyn, the Attorney General of Texas who in 2002 was elected to the U.S. Senate. In this position, Boyd managed over 300 litigators in eleven divisions and oversaw all civil litigation involving the State of Texas and its officials. When General Cornyn left for the U.S. Senate in 2002, Boyd continued to serve as Deputy A.G. under the new Attorney General (and now Texas Governor) Greg Abbott until August 2003. Boyd then returned to Thompson & Knight as a senior partner and served as practice leader for the firm's government litigation practice group. In January 2011, Boyd left the firm to accept a position as general counsel for the Office of the Governor. After eight months in that role, Governor Perry appointed him as chief of staff for the Governor's office, where Boyd remained until Perry appointed him to the Court in December 2012.[4]

Although four of the Court's justices were on the ballot in 2014, Boyd was the only one -- and in fact the only statewide Texas candidate -- who was unopposed in the Republican primary election held on March 4, 2014. In the November 4 general election, he defeated the Democrat candidate, Gina Benavides, 2,711,363 (58.9 percent) to 1,731,031 (37.6 percent).[5]

Personal life[edit]

Boyd resides in Austin with his wife of nearly 30 years, Jackie Boyd (nee Tubbs), who has served as director of Children's Ministries at the Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ since 2005. Their twin daughters, Hanna and Abbie, both graduated from Abilene Christian University, and their son Carter is a student at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Dale Wainwright
Texas Supreme Court Justice,
Place 7

2012–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent