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Jennifer Elrod

Jennifer Elrod
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Assumed office
October 19, 2007
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Patrick Higginbotham
Personal details
Born September 1966 (age 47)
Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater Baylor University
Harvard University

Jennifer Walker Elrod (born September 6, 1966 in Port Arthur, Texas) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


Elrod was born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1966 and grew up in Baytown, Texas. She attended Baylor University from 1984–1988 and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. degree in economics. She went to Harvard Law School in 1989 and received her J.D. in 1992, graduating cum laude. At Harvard Law School, she was a member of the Board of Student Advisers. She became a member of the State Bar of Texas in 1992.

Elrod began her professional career by serving a two-year clerkship for federal district judge Sim Lake of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. After completing her clerkship, she became an associate at the national law firm Baker Botts in 1994, where she practiced a wide variety of litigation matters for the next eight years.

In 2002, Governor Rick Perry appointed Elrod to be a judge on the 190th District Court in Harris County. She was elected to the judgeship in the 2002 general election, and again in 2006 when she ran unopposed. As a state district court judge, she presided over jury and bench trials involving civil litigation. Elrod remained on the Harris County bench until her confirmation to the Fifth Circuit.

Fifth Circuit nomination and confirmation

President George W. Bush nominated Elrod to a vacancy on the Fifth Circuit on March 29, 2007 to replace Judge Patrick Higginbotham, who took Senior status on August 26, 2006. Elrod received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 19, 2007, and was voted out of committee on September 20, 2007. She was confirmed by the United States Senate by voice vote on October 4, 2007, just over six months after her nomination. Elrod was the fourth judge nominated to the Fifth Circuit by Bush and confirmed by the Senate. She maintains chambers in Houston, Texas. Her first published opinion for the Fifth Circuit was released on January 14, 2008.[1]



  • Federal Judicial Center.

External links

  • Harris County District Courts Online
  • U.S. Department of Justice Resume for Elrod
  • White House Profile of Elrod
  • Lezon, Dale,"Houston Chronicle, October 5, 2007
Legal offices
Preceded by
Patrick Higginbotham
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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