FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chief Justice Tom Gray
Phone: (254) 744-5013 March 23rd, 2012
FORMER TEXAS SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE SUPPORTS CHIEF JUSTICE TOM GRAY
Former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Tom Phillips, in a statement today said: “Tom Gray has demonstrated the intellect and scholarship demanded of an appellate judge. He has ably led the 10th Court of Appeals as Chief Justice and I urge the voters of central Texas to cast their vote for him in the Republican Primary”.
Tom Gray said today: “Chief Justice Phillips’ endorsement means a great deal to me and my family. He led the Texas Supreme Court during a time of transition. He understands the dual role of a Chief Justice on an appellate court. His support validates my decision to seek another term.”
Phillips was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court in 1987 by Governor Clements. He became the first Republican ever elected to statewide judicial office and served over 14years as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. A Texas native, Phillips graduated from Baylor University and Harvard Law School. He currently practices law in Austin with the firm of Baker and Botts.
Chief Justice Tom Gray was the first Republican ever elected to an open seat on the 10th Court of Appeals and has served for over 13 years on that court. He was appointed Chief Justice of the court by Governor Rick Perry in 2003. He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and received his MBA in accounting from Texas A&M University. He graduated in 1985 with honors from Baylor University School of Law. After practicing law for more than a decade he began his judicial career. Three times the voters in central Texas have elected him to a seat on this court.
The 10th Court of Appeals sits in Waco and hears both civil and criminal appeals from trial courts in 18 central Texas counties. The district is comprised of Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Coryell, Ellis, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Johnson, Leon, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Navarro, Robertson, Somervell and Walker Counties.