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Jimmy Blacklock

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Jimmy Blacklock
Justice Jimmy Blacklock.jpg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas
Assumed office
January 2, 2018
Appointed byGreg Abbott
Preceded byDon Willett
Personal details
James Davis Blacklock

(1980-08-28) August 28, 1980 (age 39)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin (BA)
Yale Law School (JD)

James Davis Blacklock (born August 28, 1980)[1] is an American attorney and judge currently serving as an Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court.


Blacklock was born in Missouri City, Texas,[clarification needed] where he attended public school throughout his primary education. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.[2] He then went to Yale Law School and clerked for Judge Jerry Edwin Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


After clerking for Judge Smith, Blacklock was appointed to the Civil Rights Division within the United States Department of Justice by President George W. Bush.[3] Before his tenure as a judge, Blacklock served as General Counsel to then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and continued to serve Governor Abbott as general counsel until his appointment to the Texas Supreme Court on January 2, 2018.[4][5]

Electoral history

Blacklock was up for election for the first time on November 6, 2018.[6] He defeated Democratic challenger Steven Kirkland, a district court judge in Harris County (Houston), with 53.16% of the statewide votes. The statewide turnout in this race was 51.74%.[7]

Personal life

Blacklock lives in Austin with his wife and their three daughters, where they are members of All Saints Presbyterian Church.[8]


  1. ^ Texas Birth Index
  2. ^ "Abbott names top adviser to spot on Texas Supreme Court". Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Blacklock - Ballotpedia". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  4. ^ "Gov. Greg Abbott to appoint general counsel Jimmy Blacklock to Texas Supreme Court". Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  5. ^ TEGNA. "Gov. Abbott appoints Jimmy Blacklock to Texas Supreme Court". Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  6. ^ Tribune, The Texas (2018-02-13). "He's been a Texas Supreme Court justice for a month. Now Jimmy Blacklock must become a candidate". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  7. ^ "Office of the Secretary of State 2018 General Election - Unofficial Election Results as of 11/9/2018 3:18:34 PM". Archived from the original on 2018-11-15. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  8. ^ "Jimmy's Biography - Meet Jimmy Blacklock for Texas Supreme Court". Jimmy Blacklock for Texas Supreme Court. Retrieved 2018-10-31.

External links

Legal offices
Preceded by
Don Willett
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas
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