Texas governor appoints new state Supreme Court justice

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives an update on Texas Hospital bed capacity and the strategy to fight COVID-19 in the state of Texas during a press conference at Texas Department of Public Safety, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Houston. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ governor appointed a new justice to the state Supreme Court Thursday, filling the vacant seat of a recently retired judge. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Rebeca Huddle to replace Justice Paul Green, who retired in August. Huddle will serve through the end of 2022. If Green had retired 10 days earlier, it would have been up to voters to choose his replacement. Huddle is a Republican and formerly served as a justice on Texas’ first court of appeals. She graduated from Stanford University and the University of Texas School of Law after growing up in El Paso, where her mother immigrated from Juarez, Mexico.