Today, Governor Perry appointed Jeffrey S. Boyd to fill the vacancy on the Texas Supreme Court created when Dale Wainwright stepped down from the bench. Boyd will take the bench on December 3, 2012.

With this appointment, the Court now has a full complement of Justices. The Texas Senate will have a chance to confirm the appointment when it next convenes. This term will then run through the end of 2014 (when the next statewide general election is held).

Before this appointment, Boyd had most recently served as Perry’s chief of staff, and before that, his general counsel. His career before that included stops in the private bar (at Thompson & Knight) and senior positions in the Texas Attorney General’s Office.