Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced his intent to appoint former appellate justice Jane Bland to the Texas Supreme Court to succeed Justice Jeff Brown, who has been confirmed as a federal district judge by the U.S. Senate. Bland authored more than 1,200 signed opinions while serving on the First Court of Appeals from her appointment in 2003 until her narrow 2018 general election loss to Gordon Goodman (D).

Bland is Abbott’s third appointee to the state’s highest court, joining Justices Jimmy Blacklock and Brett Busby. Both Bland and Busby will face voters in 2020. Bland will run for the remaining four years of Brown’s term while Busby seeks a full six-year term. Blacklock won a full term last year.

HD60: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Rep. Mike Lang (R-Granbury) for re-election.

CD16: El Paso resident Jaime Arriola Jr. established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-El Paso) as a Republican.

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