Update: Rick Perry did elevate a current member of the court. He chose Justice Nathan Hecht to be the new Chief Justice. As we pointed out, his last pick for the court was a white male.
The new question becomes who will replace Hecht?
Update: The question was answered a couple of weeks ago when Perry named 14th Court of Appeals Justice Jeff Brown. Perry once again struck a blow for the marginalized white man.
With Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson stepping down, who will Rick Perry name as his replacement?
If he's going to elevate someone from within the court, my money is on Justice Eva Guzman.
1) She's a woman and Republicans haven't exactly been endearing themselves to female voters. From the 2012 election to the special sessions on abortion.
2) She's Hispanic. Another key voting group that Republicans haven't been too popular with, and even less so with Congressional opposition to the immigration bill.
Of the remaining 7 justices, all are Anglo, with 1 being female.
If he decides to go outside the court for a Chief Justice replacement and wants a woman or a minority...
On the 1st Court of Appeals, there are 5 women, 1 of which is Hispanic.
On the 2nd Court of Appeals, there are 5 women.
On the 3rd Court of Appeals, there is 1 woman.
On the 4th Court of Appeals, there are 3 women.
On the 5th Court of Appeals, there are 5 women, 1 of which is African-American.
On the 14th Court of Appeals, there are 5 women.
Again, my money is on Guzman to be elevated to Chief Justice, with the likelihood that one of these 24 women will be elevated to the Supreme Court. If I had to guess Guzman's replacement, I would put money Rebecca Huddle from the 1st Court of Appeals (female and Hispanic).
In terms of Perry's appointments of the current court, his last one was a white male. So anything is possible.