Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Appointment of Justice Brister

*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Thursday, November 20, 2003  •  Speech

Good afternoon.  I want to thank our friends in the media for joining us today.

The authority to appoint thousands of qualified Texans to positions of service is one of the most significant responsibilities of any Texas governor. 

And the weight of that appointment power is magnified whenever a governor must fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court of Texas.

After a careful review of qualified applicants to succeed Justice Craig Enoch, I have chosen one of the most qualified, experienced jurists in Texas to serve on the Texas Supreme Court:…
…Justice Scott Brister.

Justice Brister, I want to extend my congratulations to you, your wife Julia, and your four daughters who are with us today. 

This is an honor which you richly deserve.

In 2001, I appointed Justice Brister to serve as the Chief Justice of the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston. 

Prior to that he had been elected to the 1st Court of Appeals after serving 11 years as a judge in the 234th District Court.

As a trial judge, Scott Brister presided over more than 450 jury trials and more than 200 non-jury trials. 

During his three years as an appellate justice he has written more than 200 signed opinions.

Prior to serving on the bench, he worked for eight years in private practice specializing in commercial and insurance defense litigation. 

He was also a briefing attorney in 1980 and 1981 at the Supreme Court of Texas for Chief Justice Joe Greenhill. 

His writings have been published in a number of legal publications as well as the Houston Chronicle. 

And he is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Duke University, as well as a Cum Laude graduate of Harvard Law.

By virtue of his strong educational background…
…his vast experience as a trial judge and appellate justice…
…and his outstanding reputation in the Texas legal community…
…I am confident Justice Brister will serve with distinction for many years on the Texas Supreme Court.

Justice Brister is intelligent, hardworking, and committed to ensuring our justice system is fair to all.

It has been 22 years since he worked at the Supreme Court of Texas, and now his career path has come full circle. 

His ascension to the highest court in Texas is a tribute to his hard work…
…a well-earned reputation for judicial excellence…
…and the fact that he has truly distinguished himself during more than 20 years of legal work.

Please welcome the newest member of the Supreme Court of Texas, Justice Scott Brister.

Gov. Rick Perry introduces his new appointee to the Texas Supreme Court, Scott Brister (center) of Hockley. With the Governor and the new justice is Brister's wife, Julia.
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