In 2013, Justice Jeff Brown was sworn in as a member of the Supreme Court of Texas by Justice Antonin Scalia. A judge for more than 15 years, he has worked at all three levels of the Texas judiciary. Before the Supreme Court, he served six years each on an intermediate court of appeals and as a district judge. Throughout his career, Justice Brown has consistently earned outstanding marks in state and local bar polls. He was named Appellate Judge of the Year in 2010 and won two judge-of-the-year awards while serving on the trial bench.
A sixth-generation Texan, Jeff was born and raised in Dallas County where his father was a police officer for 35 years.
A sixth-generation Texan and a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, Jeff was born and raised in Dallas County where his father was a police officer for 35 years. Active in Scouting for most of his life, Jeff became an Eagle Scout at age 16 and is now the father of an Eagle. In 2016, the National Eagle Scout Association awarded Justice Brown the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his wife, Susannah, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center.
In his first year as a lawyer, Jeff served as a law clerk to two justices of the Supreme Court of Texas—including then-Justice and now Governor Greg Abbott. He is just the fourth person to work as a clerk on the Court and return as a justice. Justice Brown is an active member of the Federalist Society, has served on several non-profit boards, including the Texas Historical Foundation and the Christian Community Service Center, and on the advisory board of LifeHouse of Houston. He was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas in 2006 and one of Ten Outstanding Young Texans by the Jaycees in 2008. He and Susannah, a schoolteacher, have three children, Kathleen, Rob, and Gus. They live in Kyle and attend The Journey Church in Buda.