Marilyn Tennissen Apr. 8, 2014, 10:42am

Gov. RickPerry has appointed Tom Rugg to the unexpired term on the Jefferson County 58th District Court bench, replacing Bob Wortham, who resigned in March to run for  Jefferson County District Attorney.

Rugg is an attorney in private practice and former civil division chief prosecutor, with 27 years of service at the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. 

He is a fellow and past District Three Nominations Committee chairman of the Texas Bar Foundation, a member and past District Three director of the State Bar of Texas, and a member and past president of the Jefferson County Bar Association.

He also is a member of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Texas District and County Attorneys Association, Jefferson County Bail Bond Board, and Foreign Trade Zone Board of Southeast Texas.

He is a past member of the Jefferson County Insurance, Financial, Human Resources and Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory committees, Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Study Committee, and the American Bar Association.

He is also past director of the Mediation Center of Jefferson County, past deacon and board chairman of First Christian Church of Beaumont and past district commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America Three Rivers Council.

Rugg received a bachelor's degree from Lamar University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Rugg also is the Republican candidate for the 58th District Court in the November general election where he will face Kent Walston, the Democratic candidate.

He was the first assistant in the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office until he resigned after Perry appointed former assistant U.S. Attorney Cory Crenshaw to serve the unexpired term of Tom Maness, who resigned, effective Dec. 31, 2013.

Rugg also had previously served as county Court at-Law No. 1 judge, an office to which he was appointed by Jefferson County Commissioners Court, filling out an unexpired term.

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