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Gregory sworn in this morning as new district judge

Gregory sworn in this morning as new district judge
October 16
10:25 2023

By Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

Phillip Gregory was sworn in as the newly appointed 90th Judicial District Court Judge by recently retired District Judge Stephen E. Bristow this morning, Monday, Oct. 16, in the Stephens County Courtroom.

Immediately after being sworn in, Gregory addressed those gathered in the courtroom to witness the swearing in. “I’m blessed to be a part of this community, both Stephens and Young counties,” he said.

Gregory had a minor eye injury that he explained to everyone in attendance. “The black eye is kind of a home industrial accident,” he said. “But, I do think it’s kind of a reminder. It could have been worse, could have hit my eye and caused me some issues there. But it’s a reminder for me to worry about the log that’s in my eye before I worry about the speck that’s in somebody else’s eye. And I hope to bring that attitude towards this court, towards this bench as it relates to people who are litigating issues and matters in this court, that they know that they can come in here and have an unbiased judge that’s going to apply the law to the facts when requested. And when not requested, he’s just going to apply the law to everything.”

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Gregory to the position earlier this month. According to a news release from the governor’s office, Gregory will serve as the district judge for the 90th Judicial District, which includes Stephens and Young counties, for a term set to expire on Dec. 31, 2024, or until his successor is elected and qualified. Gregory has indicated that he will file to run for the office next year.

Gregory, who lives in Graham, has been the assistant district attorney for the 90th Judicial District Attorney’s Office since 2016.

Bristow, who was first elected to the judge’s position in 2012 and officially retired at the end of September, will continue to serve as a visiting judge as needed.

Phillip Gregory, center, was joined by his family after being sworn in as the new 90th Judicial District Court Judge on Monday morning, Oct. 16. Pictured, from left, are his daughters Ella and Lily; his wife, Keri; Gregory; and his daughter Trinity and her boyfriend, Ryan Grimsley. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: Retired District Judge Stephen E. Bristow, left, swears in newly appointed judge Phillip Gregory in the Stephens County Courtroom on Monday, Oct. 16. Bristow will continue to serve as a visiting judge, as needed. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)



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