Ricardo Hinojosa

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Ricardo Hinojosa
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #7
Station:   McAllen, TX
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   05/05/1983 - Present
Chief:   2009 - Present
Preceded by:   Woodrow Seals
Personal History
Born:   1950
Hometown:   Rio Grande City, TX
Undergraduate:   University of Texas, Austin, 1972
Law School:   Harvard Law, 1975

Ricardo H. Hiojosa is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He joined the court in 1983 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Hinojosa also is a member of the United States Sentencing Commission.[1]

Education

Hinjosa graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with his bachelor's degree in 1972 and later graduated from Harvard Law School with his J.D. degree in 1975.[1]

Professional career

Hinojosa began his legal career as a law clerk with the Texas Supreme Court from 1975 to 1976. From 1976 to 1983, Hinojosa was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Texas before being appointed to the court in 1983.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Texas

On the recommendation of Texas U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, Hinojosa was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on April 12, 1983, to a seat vacated by Judge Woodrow Seals as Seals assumed senior status. Hinojosa was confirmed by the Senate on May 4, 1983, and received commission on May 5, 1983.[1]

U.S. Sentencing Commission

Hinojosa has served as a commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission since 2003, the committee that sets the current Federal Criminal Sentencing Guidelines.[2]

Hinojosa has played an active part in eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders and giving judges more leeway on setencing drug offenders as it has allowed judges to be more flexible in their sentencing.[3] Hinojosa also played a role in having tougher sentences for those who are charged with criminal violations of the Sarbanes Oxley Act, tougher sentences for terrorism related crimes, sex offenders, and started more victims advisory interaction to allow the commission to set guidelines that enhance public safety.

Hinjosa served as Chairman, appointed by President George W. Bush, from 2004 to 2009.[4]

Awards and associations

  • 2011: Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award[5][6]

See also

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References

Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Woodrow Seals
Southern District of Texas
1983–Current
Seat #7
Succeeded by:
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