|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas|
November 13, 2009
|Preceded by||Hayden Wilson Head, Jr.|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas|
May 5, 1983
|Appointed by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Woodrow B. Seals|
|Born||1950 (age 63–64)
Rio Grande City, Texas
|Alma mater||University of Texas, Austin (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Born in Rio Grande City, Texas, Hinojosa received a B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin in 1972, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1975. He was a law clerk to the Texas Supreme Court from 1975 to 1976. He was then in private practice in McAllen, Texas until 1983.
On April 12, 1983, Hinojosa was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas vacated by Woodrow B. Seals. Hinojosa was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 4, 1983, and received his commission on May 5, 1983. He was appointed as a commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission by then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist in 2003. As of November 13, 2009, Hinojosa is the Chief Judge of the Southern District of Texas.
- Ricardo Hinojosa at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.