John M. Bailey was appointed by Governor Rick Perry late October as the new Eastland justice of the 11th Court of Appeals. Bailey applied for the position after the previous judge retired on July.
He started his new role October 31st after taking an oath, but he was formally sworn-in through a ceremony at the courtroom last Wednesday.
"My ultimate dream was to be a judge in this court," Bailey said. "I'm very fortunate that my professional dream has come true."
Bailey isn't new to the Eastland County Courthouse. His father, Scott Bailey, was the Eastland county judge for 36 years. He said he would tag along with his father growing up and assist him in errands at the courthouse.
"My fondest memory was when my sister and I would throw pecans from the fifth floor when it used to be open to the public," says Bailey. "It was just a thrill for both of us."
Scott Bailey passed away two years ago, but many believe his legacy will continue through his son.
Bailey graduated from Cisco High School and attended Cisco College. He received his undergraduate degree at Tarleton State University and later attended Texas Tech University School of Law.