Nominated by Owen Lassiter in 1992, originally considered a moderate choice by the Republicans (somewhat conservative by Democrats) eventually became known as a centrist by both parties. He served as senior legal counsel when Lassiter ran for President in 1990. He was also Head Counsel to Connex Energy a job that Vice-President John Hoynes would also hold. He also served as Head Counsel to Adams Mining (a coal-mining company), and for sixe years was the Republican Congressman from Texas's 24 congressional District. He was the third oldest member of the Supreme Court at 70 years old in 2004 until Chief Justice Roy Ashland stepped down making Antonia Carmine the oldest and Henry Clark the second oldest.