Senator Tommy Williams
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0104

February 24, 2005
Contact: Lauren Hutton (512) 463-0104

Sen. Tommy Williams with Hollis Horton
Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, stands outside the Senate Nominations Committee room with Hollis Horton, of Beaumont. The Texas Senate recently confirmed Horton for place four on the 9th District Court of Appeals. His term expires November 7, 2006, when he plans to run for a full six-year term.

Beaumont attorney approved for Justice position by the Texas Senate

AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate confirmed Hollis Horton, of Beaumont, for place four on the 9th District Court of Appeals Thursday, February 24. He was nominated for this honorable position by Gov. Rick Perry on December 23.

"I am honored that the Texas Senate confirmed my appointment by Governor Perry to the 9th Court of Appeals, and I'm looking forward to serving the people of Southeast Texas as a Justice on the Court," Justice Horton said. "Senator Williams did an outstanding job of shepherding the appointment through the Senate, as reflected by the bi-partisan support I received in the nominations committee and in the Senate.

"I will work diligently to apply and enforce the laws passed by the Legislature, and I am looking forward to running a campaign for election to a full six-year term in 2006."

Justice Horton, a fifth generation Texan, has 23 years private practice experience with the Orgain, Bell and Tucker Law Firm in Beaumont. The 40-person, general practice law firm's roots date back to 1907. Justice Horton graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1980 after receiving his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He is board certified in personal injury trial law and civil trial law. Texas Monthly Magazine recognized Justice Horton as one of the best insurance defense trial attorneys in Southeast Texas in both 2003 and 2004.

Sen. Williams said he was delighted to see Justice Horton confirmed for the position on the 9th District Court of Appeals, which covers Angelina, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto and Tyler counties.

First elected in 1996 to the Texas House of Representatives, Tommy Williams was later elected to the Senate in 2002 and re-elected in 2004. He represents Senate District 4, covering all or portions of Montgomery, Harris, Liberty, Chambers, Jefferson and Orange counties. Williams serves as Vice Chairman of the State Affairs Committee and as a member of the Senate Criminal Justice, Education and Finance committees.