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On Monday, January 11th, it was announced that Texas Governor Greg Abbott had appointed Ann-Marie Carruth as Judge of the 72nd Judicial District Court in Crosby and Lubbock Counties.

The term was left behind by Judge Ruben Reyes, who passed away in December of 2020 due to complications with COVID-19.

Carruth is Judge of Lubbock County Court at Law #3 and has previously served as Lubbock County Justice of the Peace Precinct #4. Carruth is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Lubbock Area Bar Association.

She is also a member of the West Texas Justices of the Peace & Constables Association, Texas Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar College.

Carruth received her Bachelor of Arts in Agriculture from Texas Tech University and her Juris Doctor degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada.

Representative Jodey Arrington of Lubbock said this in response to Carruth's appointment:

Ann Marie is a longtime friend and a person of great talent and integrity. Her credentials and experience as a judge are matched only by her heart for service. Judge Reyes is irreplaceable and has left a special mark on the bench, but Judge Carruth is more than qualified and will honor his legacy with continued judicial excellence for West Texas.

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