Governor Greg Abbott appointed Doug Wallace as judge of the 378th Judicial District Court in Ellis County for a term set to expire December 31, 2018, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Wallace netted 61.65 percent (5,373 votes) of the ballots cast in May's Republican runoff against Shani Flemins (3,342 votes, 38.35%).

“I am grateful to the voters of Ellis County for their confidence and the public trust of the 378th District bench,” said Wallace on election night.

The race for the judge's bench began with Wallace and Flemins besting Stacy Auvenshine and Ed Jendrzey in the primary election, but neither reached the 50-percent plateau.

Wallace (5,734 votes, 41.51 percent) did pull the majority of the votes in the primary, as Flemins received roughly 23 percent (3,144 votes).

There is no Democratic opponent in the race for the seat.

Wallace, of Waxahachie, is a fraud prosecutor for the Texas Department of Insurance. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Tarrant County Bar Association, Ellis County Bar Association, and the Rotary Club of Waxahachie.

Additionally, Wallace serves as a volunteer legal officer for Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and the Texas Army National Guard. Wallace received a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.