Justice Jennifer Caughey Campaign

I am Jennifer Caughey, and on September 13, 2017, Governor Abbott appointed me to be a Justice on the First Court of Appeals. In that role, I have the honor of hearing civil and criminal appeals from Harris County and nine surrounding counties. I am on the ballot in 2018 for a full six-year term, and I hope to earn your support.

I am a lifelong Republican who grew up in Houston and came home to build my career and raise my family. I graduated from Harvard Law School, where I served on the Executive Board of the Federalist Society and was a leader of the Journal of Law & Public Policy. I earned my undergraduate degree Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, and I spent my summers working for President G.W. Bush in the White House and President G.H.W. Bush in Houston.

After law school, I served as a law clerk on federal and state appellate courts. I then practiced law in Houston at Baker Botts and Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, and at Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C. I handled a diverse litigation docket at the trial and appellate levels, focusing on complex civil cases.

During my clerkships and in private practice, I saw firsthand the utmost importance of electing judges who are committed to the Constitution and the rule of law, who understand that we are governed by laws and not men, and who respect limited government and the separation of powers. I am deeply devoted to those principles.

I am also deeply committed to my family. Ryan and I met in college, were married ten years ago here in Houston at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, and have two children, Emily and James, who bring us endless joy. We are avid runners, readers, and cooks.

Serving as a Justice on the First Court of Appeals is one of the great honors of my life. I am humbled and grateful to Governor Abbott for his confidence in me. My commitment to you, as it is to Governor Abbott, is to serve honorably and to faithfully apply the law.

I look forward to getting to know you and would be honored to have your support.

Jennifer Caughey