Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Austin lawyer Evan Young to the Supreme Court of Texas today to fill the unexpired term of Eva Guzman.

Guzman resigned to challenge Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton in the GOP primary.

Young is a lawyer for Baker Botts, one of the largest firms in the state and a major contributor to Gov. Abbott’s campaigns. Young will be the third Baker Botts attorney in a row to get an Abbott appointment to the state’s high court.

Young will face conservative jurist David Schenck in the GOP primary. Schenck, who currently serves on the state’s 5th Court of Appeals in the Dallas area, announced his candidacy this morning.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."