Texas Governor Rick Perry has appointed a new justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

Jeffrey S. Boyd of Austin will begin on December 3rd, for a term to expire at the next general election.

Boyd is currently the chief of staff for the Governor’s Office, where he previously served as general counsel.

Prior to his work in the Governor’s Office, Boyd was a senior partner in the Austin office of Thompson and Knight LLP, and previously served as Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation under Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, and former Attorney General and current U.S. Senator John Cornyn.

Boyd is also past president of the board of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, past chair of the board of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, and a past board member of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and Brentwood Christian School.

“He has earned my confidence, and the confidence of those he has worked with in all his endeavors, because he has a brilliant legal mind, he is committed to preserving the rule of law, and he strives every day to live a life of fairness, integrity, and compassion,” said Perry. “I know he will bring this same commitment to the Texas Supreme Court, and we will all be better for it.”

Boyd is a graduate of Round Rock High School, Abilene Christian University, and the Pepperdine University School of Law.