“President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he has nominated two stalwart conservatives – Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and Dallas appellate law expert James Ho – to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.”
“Willett, who is widely known as the nation’s most prominent Tweeting judge, was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court in August 2005 by then Gov. Rick Perry.
Born and raised in Kaufman County, Texas, Willett was the first in his family to go to college. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from Baylor University and a law degree from Duke University. He clerked for Judge Jerre Williams of the Fifth Circuit.
After law school, Willett worked for three years in the labor and employment law section of Haynes and Boone.
Since 1996, Willett has been in public service. He served as a legal adviser to then-Gov. George Bush and followed him to Washington, where Willett served in numerous roles, including deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice.
In 2003, Willett returned to Austin, where he became deputy attorney general for then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. After being appointed to the Texas Supreme Court in 2005, Willett was re-elected twice.”
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