Ricardo Hinojosa

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Ricardo Hinojosa
Ricardo Hinojosa District Judge.jpg
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 13, 2009
Preceded by Hayden Wilson Head, Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 5, 1983
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Woodrow B. Seals
Personal details
Born 1950 (age 63–64)
Rio Grande City, Texas
Alma mater University of Texas, Austin (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Ricardo H. Hinojosa (born 1950) is a United States federal judge, and served as the Chairman of the United States Sentencing Commission.

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.

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