A spokesperson for the office of Gov. Rick Perry has announced that Tom Rugg Sr. of Beaumont, has been appointed as judge of the 58th Judicial District for a term to expire at the next general election.
Rugg is an attorney in private practice and former civil division chief prosecutor, with 27 years of service at the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. He is a fellow and past District Three Nominations Committee chairman of the Texas Bar Foundation, a member and past District Three director of the State Bar of Texas, and a member and past president of the Jefferson County Bar Association. He also is a member of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Texas District and County Attorneys Association, Jefferson County Bail Bond Board, and Foreign Trade Zone Board of Southeast Texas. He is a past member of the Jefferson County Insurance, Financial, Human Resources and Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory committees, Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Study Committee, and the American Bar Association. He is also past director of the Mediation Center of Jefferson County, past deacon and board chairman of First Christian Church of Beaumont and past district commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America Three Rivers Council.
Rugg received a bachelor's degree from Lamar University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.