IssuesStatewide NewsPaxton Taps Brent Webster as New First Assistant Attorney General

Central Texas attorney Brent Webster has been appointed to fill the vacancy in the Office of the Attorney General's first assistant position.
October 5, 2020
Brent Webster, a former Williamson County assistant district attorney, has been appointed to fill the Office of the Attorney General’s second-in-command vacancy.

The spot opened when Jeff Mateer resigned suddenly last Friday, and indicated he’d be returning to First Liberty Institute — a Plano-based non-profit law firm that focuses on defending religious liberty.

Webster will take the reins in a tumultuous season after seven top aides, including Mateer, formally requested a federal investigation into Attorney General Ken Paxton with allegations of bribery and abuse of office.

“I am honored that Attorney General Paxton has chosen me to lead in the attorney general’s office at an incredibly critical time in the history of this state,” Webster said in a press release.

He added, “I look forward to working with Attorney General Paxton to lead an agency that greatly impacts Texas, and therefore, the United States.”

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Webster served as an assistant district attorney in Williamson County for a decade and has practiced law in various capacities.

This year, he was counsel for the Texas Bar and Nightclub Alliance in their lawsuit against Gov. Greg Abbott over his bar closure order.

Attorney General Ken Paxton said, “The addition of Brent Webster as First Assistant Attorney General will bring substantial real-world experience to the Office of the Attorney General and further strengthen the work we do to serve our great state.”

“Brent has invaluable and extensive experience in a variety of legal and policy matters. I am confident that he will diligently and faithfully serve the office and the people of Texas.”

Webster graduated from the Houston Law Center in 2005 and lives in Central Texas with his wife and four children.


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