Political People and their Moves

Wallace Jefferson is joining the Alexander Dubose & Townsend law firm, as is Rachel Ekery, who was his staff attorney at the Texas Supreme Court for ten years. Jefferson was chief justice of that court until this week. He’s joining the appellate boutique firm, and adding his name to the letterhead: It’s now Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend.

Attorney general candidate Ken Paxton picked up an endorsement from Ernie Angelo Jr. of Midland, a former Midland mayor and Republican national committeeman.

The Texas Right to Life PAC endorsed in the attorney general’s race, saying they would be okay with two of the three Republican candidates in that primary. They like Barry Smitherman and Paxton. 

Attorney General Greg Abbott picked up an endorsement from the Texas Civil Justice League for his bid for governor. 

Adam Haynes is joining the Cross Oaks Group, a lobby and public affairs firm started by Jim Dow and Mark Homer. Haynes was most recently with Chesapeake Energy and, before that, with the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association.

After 26 years with the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Russ Tidwell is leaving. He was TTLA’s political director; no replacement has been named.

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Mary Murphy as presiding judge of the First Administrative Judicial Region. She retired from the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas.

Perry also named Jaime Tijerina of Mission as judge of the 92nd Judicial District. He is a private practice attorney, owner and managing partner of a ranch and the former Kenedy County attorney