A native El Pasoan is headed to the highest court in the state of Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott was in El Paso today to officially name El Pasoan Rebecca Huddle as the next Texas Supreme Court Justice. Governor Abbott, with Rebecca Huddle alongside, made the announcement at Austin High School in El Paso, where Huddle went to school. Interestingly, Austin High School is also the alma mater of former United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

According to a story from our news partner, KVIA:

“Her legal skills are absolutely extraordinary,” Abbott explained. “She has a proven respect for the rule of law and for the role of the Constitution.”

Huddle will replace former state Supreme Court Justice Paul Green, who retired at the end of August after 15 years on the bench.

She called the appointment “a tremendous honor" and pledged “even-handed, impartial, fair and respectful treatment for every litigant.”

Previously, Rebeca Huddle has served as a justice with the Texas First Court Of Appeals and currently works as a partner with a Houston law firm, Baker Botts. The Texas Supreme Court is the states' highest court for civil matters and Rebecca Huddle will be replacing the retiring Justice, Paul Green. She will serve out the end of his term and then have to be elected to remain in the position. The KVIA report says that no El Pasoan has ever been elected to a state-wide office in Texas.

For more about Rebecca Huddle, click here. For more about the Texas State Supreme Court, you can click here.




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