President Donald Trump on Friday nominated Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Brown to serve in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
In a statement sent out lauding the nomination, U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz said that Brown had been nominated for a vacant seat in the Galveston District.
Brown has served as a Texas Supreme Court justice since 2013. Before that he served as a justice on Texas’ 14th Court of Appeals and as a district court judge in Harris County.
Brown will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before taking the bench.
It was unclear Friday what Brown’s nomination meant for Judge George C. Hanks, who was appointed to the Galveston District by President Barack Obama in 2015. Hanks splits his time between the southern district’s Galveston and Victoria divisions.
Created in 1846, the federal judge seat in Galveston is the oldest such position in Texas. The Southern District of Texas includes 19 district judgeships.