Carlos Murguia

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Carlos Murguia
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas
Assumed office
September 22, 1999
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Sam A. Crow
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 57–58)
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Relations Ninth Circuit Judge Mary H. Murguia (sister)
Alma mater University of Kansas

Carlos Murguia (born 1957) is a United States federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.

Early life and education[edit]

Murguia is one of seven children of Alfred and Amalia Murguia, who emigrated from Mexico in 1950.[1] He was born in 1957 in Kansas City, Kansas.[2] Murguia was raised in the Kansas City community of Argentine.[1]

Murguia received a B.S. from the University of Kansas in 1979,[2] where he majored in journalism.[1] He then earned a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1982.[2]


Murguia was in private practice in Kansas City from 1982 to 1987.[2] He was a part-time hearing officer and small claims judge of the District Court of Wyandotte County, Kansas from 1984 to 1990.[2] He was a coordinator of the Immigration Amnesty Program at El Centro, Inc. from 1985 to 1990.[2] He was a full-time hearing officer of the Wyandotte County District Court in 1990, and a district court judge of Division 8 on the Court from 1990 to 1999.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Murguia was nominated by President Bill Clinton on March 24, 1999, to the seat on the United States District Court for the District of Kansas vacated by Sam A. Crow.[2] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 8, 1999, and received his commission on September 22, 1999.[2] Murguia is the first Latino to serve as a federal judge in Kansas.[1]


When Murguia's younger sister, Mary Murguia, joined the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, they became the first brother and sister to serve on the United States federal bench.[1] Mary Murguia has since been elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[3] Another sister, Janet Murguia, is a noted civil rights leader who currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of La Raza.