Thomson ReutersSeptember 3, 2013 12:31
(Reuters) - Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, the first African-American to serve on the court, said on Tuesday he plans to resign effective October 1.
Jefferson, 50, was appointed to the court by Governor Rick Perry in 2001 who named him chief justice in 2004.
Before joining the state Supreme Court, Jefferson practiced appellate law with a San Antonio firm. He has not decided what he will do after he steps down, the court said in a statement.
Jefferson's current term runs through 2014.