Gov. Perry appoints ET alumnus, judge to court

Austin – A Mt. Pleasant attorney is the second man in as many weeks with ties to Texas A&M University-Commerce to be appointed to a position by Governor Rick Perry.

Kerry 'Dan' Woodson will preside over the 76th District Court, which serves Morris, Camp and Titus counties, for a term expiring at the next general election. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

Woodson is an attorney in private practice, and is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Courts of the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Titus County and Northeast Texas Bar associations, and the State Bar of Texas. Woodson is a fellow of the State Bar College of Texas and past panel chair of the District 1B State Bar Grievance Committee.

Woodson received a bachelor's degree from East Texas State University and a law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Last week, Gov. Perry appointed Delbert Horton III as presiding officer of the Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority (SURRMA). Horton is an assistant engineering professor at A&M-Commerce.

SURRMA is one of several regional mobility authorities throughout the state designed to accelerate the development and financing of critical transportation projects. Committee members serve the needs of Hunt, Lamar and Delta counties.