Wallace B. Jefferson : biography
Wallace Bernard Jefferson (born July 22, 1963)Net Detective, People Search is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. His current term ends on December 31, 2014.
Jefferson and his wife, Rhonda J. Jefferson (born 1965), have three sons.
He is an alumnus of John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas, the James Madison College at Michigan State University and the University of Texas School of Law.
Wallace B. Jefferson Middle School
In tribute to one of Northside ISD's most famous alumni, the district's 15th middle school was named in Jefferson's honor. The school opened on August 27, 2007. The dedication ceremony was held on October 27, 2007.
is the dedication video produced by Northside Independent School District.
Jefferson ran for his first full six year term as Chief Justice in 2008. He was chiefly opposed in the election by Democrat Jim Jordan. Jefferson won the election with 53% of the vote to Jordan's 44%. Libertarian candidate Tom Oxford won 3% of the vote. Jefferson's term will end in 2014.
Historic judicial appointments and election
Jefferson has three times made Texas judicial history. In 2001, Governor Rick Perry appointed him the first African American Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, and then again in 2004 he was appointed the first African American Chief Justice. In November 2002, Jefferson also became, along with Justice Dale Wainwright, one of the first two African Americans elected to the Court.
Jefferson was first appointed to the court on April 18, 2001, to fill the vacancy left by Alberto R. Gonzales, who resigned to become White House Counsel to President George W. Bush. Jefferson was then elected to that seat in 2002 with 56 percent of the vote. Before Jefferson could complete his new term, however, he was again promoted by Perry. On September 20, 2004, Perry appointed Jefferson the successor to Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips, who had retired from the Court a few weeks earlier after nearly seventeen years as chief. Jefferson was elected to serve out the remainder of Phillips's unexpired term as Chief Justice in November 2006.
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