Jeffrey S. Boyd

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Jeffrey Scott Boyd
Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Appointed by Rick Perry
Preceded by Dale Wainwright
Personal details
Born (1961-12-02) December 2, 1961 (age 55)
Biloxi, Mississippi, USA[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jackie Tubbs Boyd
Children

Hanna and Abbie Boyd

Carter Scott Boyd
Residence Austin, Texas
Alma mater

Round Rock High School
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]

The third of four children of a military family, Boyd grew up living on or near numerous United States Air Force bases around the world. he transferred from Germany to Austin, Texas, just before his senior year of high school. He graduated in 1979 from Round Rock High School in Round Rock in Williamson County north of Austin. 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 School of Law in Malibu, California, second in his law school class and editor-in-chief of the Pepperdine Law Review.

Career[edit]

From 1991 to 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 more than three hundred litigators in eleven divisions and oversaw all civil litigation involving the State of Texas and its officials. After Cornyn assumed his Senate seat, Boyd continued until August 2003 in the deputy attorney general position under Cornyn's successor, the now Texas Governor Greg Abbott. 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 then Governor Rick Perry. After eight months in that role, Governor Perry appointed him as his chief of staff, a position that Boyd filled 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 thirty years, the former Jackie Tubbs, who has served since 2005 as director of children's ministries at the Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ. Their twin daughters, Hanna and Abbie, both graduated from Abilene Christian University, and their son, Carter Scott Boyd, attended 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