Eleventh Court of Appeals

Justice John M. Bailey 

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Justice John Bailey was appointed by Governor Rick Perry in October 2013 to succeed Justice Terry McCall as a Justice on the Eleventh Court of Appeals.

Justice Bailey is a native of Cisco. He graduated from Cisco High School in 1985 as the valedictorian of his class. Justice Bailey subsequently attended Cisco Junior College, graduating with an Associate of Arts degree with highest honors in 1987. He graduated summa cum laude from Tarleton State University in Stephenville in 1989, with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in government and a minor in history. Justice Bailey also obtained a secondary teaching certificate as an undergraduate. Justice Bailey graduated cum laude from Texas Tech School of Law in 1992.

After graduating from law school, he served as a briefing attorney for The Honorable Chief Justice Austin McCloud at the Eleventh Court of Appeals for one year. Justice Bailey then practiced trial and appellate law in Abilene at the law firm of Glandon & Scarborough, P.C. for several years. He returned to work as a staff attorney at the Eleventh Court of Appeals in 2001. Justice Bailey continued to serve as a staff attorney at the court until his appointment to the bench in 2013.

Justice Bailey and his wife, Sarah, reside in Cisco. They are active in many civic organizations. Justice Bailey has served as the president of the Cisco Livestock Show Association and the Eastland County Museum. Justice Bailey also served on the Board of Regents at Cisco College prior to his appointment. Sarah serves as the president of the Cisco Senior Nutrition Program. Sarah succeeded Justice Bailey on the Cisco College Board of Regents. In his spare time, Justice Bailey enjoys traveling, woodworking, and serving as the public address announcer for the Cisco Loboes football team.