Texas Attorney General issued the following announcement on Feb. 21.
Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded Governor Greg Abbott’s appointment of Brett Busby to the Texas Supreme Court to replace Justice Phil Johnson, who retired at the end of last year. From 2012-2018, Busby served as a justice on the Texas 14th Court of Appeals.
“Brett Busby has an outstanding legal mind and served exceptionally on the Texas 14th Court of Appeals,” Attorney General Paxton said. “He understands that the role of the judiciary is to uphold the law and the Constitution, not legislate from the bench. With this appointment, Busby will continue his distinguished career of service to all Texans and the state’s highest court.”
Busby is an experienced appellate litigator and a former partner at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Houston. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his law degree Columbia University School of Law. Following law school, Busby served as a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court, and later argued one case and briefed many others in that court. He also handled dozens of appeals in the Texas Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal.
Gov. Abbott appointed Busby to replace Justice Johnson for the rest of his term, which extends through 2020. Busby is the governor’s second appointment to the nine-member Texas Supreme Court.