First Latina Appointed to Texas High Court

Eva Guzman, a justice on Houston’s 14th Court of Appeals, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as the first Latina on the Texas Supreme Court. and

Guzman is the fourth of seven children and the daughter of immigrants from a town near Monterrey, Mexico, who had only some elementary school education. Her mother did odd jobs, working often as a cleaning woman, and her father was a welder, according to the Houston Chronicle report. Guzman was 13 when she began working nights in a drapery factory.

“My parents didn’t have wealth, didn’t have power, didn’t have influence,” Guzman said, which taught her that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

She replaces Houston’s Scott Brister, who stepped down from the Supreme Court to join Andrews & Kurth as a partner.


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