Diana Saldaña

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Diana S. Saldaña
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Assumed office
February 9, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by George P. Kazen
Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
In office
2006 – February 9, 2011
Personal details
Born 1971 (age 45–46)
Carrizo Springs, Texas
Education University of Texas at Austin B.A.
University of Texas School of Law J.D.

Diana S. Saldaña (born 1971) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and a former United States Magistrate Judge of the same court.

Early life and education[edit]

Saldaña was born in Carrizo Springs, Texas to Blanca Hernandez Rodriguez, a single mother.[1] Beginning at the age of 10 and continuing through law school, Saldaña spent summers with her family as a seasonal farmworker in Minnesota and North Dakota.[1] Saldaña received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, the first in history in 1993 and the second in government in 1994.[2] She then attended the University of Texas School of Law, where she was president of the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association.[1] Saldaña earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 1997.[1][2] After graduating law school, Saldaña served as law clerk for Judge George P. Kazen of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.[2][3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

In 2006, Saldaña was selected to serve as a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.[2] She was sworn in on March 27, 2006.[1][3]

During the 111th United States Congress, Democrats from the Texas House delegation and Republican Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison agreed to recommend Saldaña for a Laredo vacancy on the Southern District of Texas.[4] On July 14, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Saldaña to replace George P. Kazen,[5] for whom she previously clerked. On February 7, 2011 her nomination was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 94 ayes and 0 nays.[6] She received her commission on February 9, 2011.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e The University of Texas School of Law (April 4, 2006). "News and Events: Alumna Diana Saldana". UT Law News. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (July 14, 2010). "President Obama Names Five to United States District Court". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Saldana, Diana - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  4. ^ Martin, Gary (May 3, 2010). "Texas Dems criticize Obama on slow judicial appointments". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (July 14, 2010). "Presidential Nominations and Withdrawal Sent to the Senate, 7/14/10". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ Martin, Gary (February 7, 2011). "Senate OK of Laredo federal judge could break logjam". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
George P. Kazen
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
2011–present
Incumbent