HOUSTON -

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed the widow of Mike Anderson to take over as Harris County District Attorney after Anderson lost his battle with cancer last month.

She will serve the remainder of a term running through the general election next November.

After serving as a prosecutor in the county for 17 years, Mike Anderson, 57, took office in January, and revealed in mid-May that he was being treated for cancer. He died on Aug. 31.

The governor says Devon Anderson is an attorney and former partner of Anderson and Thomas PLLC. She is also former judge of the 177th Judicial District Court and a past assistant district attorney for Harris County. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Houston Bar Association, and president of the Harris County Drug Court Foundation.

Anderson is a past member of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association and Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals. She is also a volunteer for Houston Habitat for Humanity and the Bellaire Girls Softball Association.

Anderson received a bachelor's degree and a law degree from the University of Texas.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office has about 240 attorneys and is among the largest of its kind statewide.