Governor Perry has announced the appointment of Jeffrey S. Boyd (pictured) to fill the Texas Supreme Court seat vacated by former Justice Dale Wainwright. The official press release is available here.

Boyd currently serves as the Governor’s chief of staff and is the Governor’s former general counsel. He was a partner in the Austin office of Thompson and Knight LLP and served as Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation under Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and former Attorney General (now U.S. Senator) John Cornyn.

Boyd’s appointment is effective December 3, 2012, subject to Senate confirmation. His term will expire following the next general election, meaning that he will be running in 2014, as the incumbent, for a full six-year term.

With this appointment, my not-very-bold prediction that we would have a fully constituted Supreme Court by early January will come true. Justice-Elect John Devine, who had no major-party opponent on the ballot, will take office four weeks after Justice Boyd.