Edward C. Prado

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Edward C. Prado
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United States Ambassador to Argentina
Assumed office
May 15, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Noah Mamet
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
In office
May 5, 2003 – April 2, 2018
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Robert Manley Parker
Succeeded by Andy Oldham
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
In office
March 30, 1984 – May 13, 2003
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Clyde Frederick Shannon Jr.
Succeeded by Xavier Rodriguez
United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas
In office
1981–1984
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Jamie C. Boyd
Succeeded by Helen M. Eversberg
Personal details
Born Edward Charles Prado
(1947-06-07) June 7, 1947 (age 71)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican[1]
Education San Antonio College (AA)
University of Texas (BA, JD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1972–1987
Rank Captain
Unit Reserves

Edward Charles Prado (born June 7, 1947) is the United States Ambassador to Argentina. He is a former United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Background[edit]

Prado was born in San Antonio, Texas on June 7, 1947. He received an Associate of Arts degree from San Antonio College. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in May 1969 and received his Juris Doctor in 1972 from University of Texas School of Law.

Prado served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. Thereafter, in 1976 he served in the Federal Public Defender's Office in the Western District of Texas as an Assistant Public Defender. In 1980, Prado was appointed to serve as a Texas state District Judge in Bexar County. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed Judge Prado to serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas. In 1984, Reagan appointed Prado to the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. He remained on that court until he was elevated to the Fifth Circuit.

Fifth Circuit nomination and confirmation[edit]

Prado was nominated on February 6, 2003 by President George W. Bush to fill a vacancy on the Fifth Circuit created by Judge Robert Manley Parker, who retired outright from the federal bench on November 1, 2002 to return to private law practice.[2]

He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 1, 2003, just under three months after his nomination. Prado was the second judge nominated to the Fifth Circuit by Bush and confirmed by the Senate. He retired from the Fifth Circuit on April 2, 2018, prior to taking office as Ambassador to Argentina.[citation needed]

Community involvement[edit]

Judge Prado has been a leader in numerous bar associations and law-related organizations. He has been a member of the Texas and San Antonio Bar Associations since 1972, including service as a President, and later Director and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the San Antonio Bar Foundation. Judge Prado serves on the Texas State Bar Crime Victims Committee, and was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to serve as the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Act Review Committee, from 1991 to 1993.

Judge Prado also has been actively involved in community and charitable affairs as a member in community organizations such as: St. Mark’s Catholic Church, the Witte Museum Community Advisory Committee, the Philosophical Society of Texas, the Rotary Club of San Antonio and Leadership San Antonio. Judge Prado has reached out to children in the San Antonio community by conducting events in his courtroom as an introduction to the law.

He has received many honors and awards, including the following: St. Thomas More Award, St. Mary's University School of Law (2000); Outstanding Alumnus, San Antonio College (1989); LULAC State Award for Excellence (1981); Edgewood I.S.D. Hall of Fame (1981); Achievement Award, U.S. Attorney General (1980); Outstanding Young Lawyer of San Antonio (1980); and Outstanding Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas (1978).

United States Ambassador to Argentina[edit]

On January 17, 2018, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Prado to be the next United States Ambassador to Argentina.[3] His nomination was sent to the Senate on January 19, 2018.[4] On March 7, 2018, Prado testified before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.[5][6][7]

On March 20, 2018, his nomination was reported out of committee.[8] His nomination was confirmed by voice vote on March 22, 2018.[4]

On May 8, 2018, Prado arrived in Argentina,[9] and presented his credentials to the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, allowing him to perform his duties as the 56th U.S. Ambassador to Argentina.[10]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Jamie C. Boyd
United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas
1981–1984
Succeeded by
Helen M. Eversberg
Preceded by
Clyde Frederick Shannon Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
1984–2003
Succeeded by
Xavier Rodriguez
Preceded by
Robert Manley Parker
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
2003–2018
Succeeded by
Andy Oldham
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Noah Mamet
United States Ambassador to Argentina
2018–present
Incumbent