AUSTIN, Texas  – Gov. Rick Perry Tuesday issued the following statement regarding Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson:

“Wallace Jefferson justly and faithfully guided our state’s highest court during a decade of change and prosperity, and he will be remembered for his strong character and unwavering commitment to the rule of law.  I was proud to appoint him as the court’s first African-American justice and chief justice. He was and shall remain an inspiration to an entire generation of young men and women across our state. On behalf of all Texans, I thank him for his fine record of service, and wish him success and happiness in his future.”