He will succeed retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
There was no realistic chance that Gates would return to Texas A&M, where he served with great distinction as president before leaving to become Secretary of Defense. Perry never liked Gates. He wanted Phil Gramm over Gates (shudder), but the Bush regents on the board voted for Gates, outvoting the Perry regents. Well, that sort of thing will never happen again.
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