Nelva Gonzales Ramos

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Nelva Gonzales Ramos
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Assumed office
August 4, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Hayden Wilson Head, Jr.
Personal details
Born 1965 (age 51–52)
Port Lavaca, Texas
Education Texas State University–San Marcos B.A.
University of Texas Law School J.D.

Nelva Gonzales Ramos (born 1965) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Early life and education[edit]

Ramos was born in 1965 in Port Lavaca, Texas.[1] She attended Texas State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in 1987.[2] Ramos then earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 1991.[2][3]

State judicial service[edit]

In 2011, Ramos became the 347th District Court judge.[4][3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

During the 111th Congress, Ramos was one of three candidates recommended by Democrats from the Texas House delegation for a Corpus Christi vacancy on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.[5] Ramos was the only candidate also supported by Republican Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn.[4] On January 26, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Ramos to replace Judge Hayden Head.[4] The United States Senate confirmed Ramos by unanimous consent on August 2, 2011.[6] She received her commission on August 4, 2011.[3]

Notable rulings[edit]

In August 2016 Gonzales Ramos was involved in a case accusing the state of misleading voters without IDs.The U.S. Department of Justice says officials have used news releases, a website and training documents for election officials to narrow "dramatically the scope of voters protected" in an order entered by Gonzales Ramos.[7]

On April 10, 2017 Gonzales Ramos ruled that the state's voter ID law that was passed in 2011 with the intent to discriminate against minority voters. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals previously found that the law had the effect of discriminating against minority voters, and remanded the case to the district court for further action.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary (January 24, 2011). "Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Nelva Gonzales Ramos" (PDF). Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Texas State alumna nominated for federal district judgeship". The Texas State University-San Marcos Blog. January 27, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ramos, Nelva Gonzales - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  4. ^ a b c Foley, Sara (January 26, 2011). "Nelva Gonzales Ramos nominated for federal judgeship". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ Cavazos, Mary Ann; Powell, Jaime (June 9, 2010). "Democrats select three finalists for federal judgeship". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/112thCongress.cfm
  7. ^ Saleh Rauf, David (September 7, 2016). "Court filing accuses state of misleading voters without IDs". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  8. ^ Simpson, Ian (April 11, 2017). "U.S. judge finds Texas voter ID law was intended to discriminate". Reuters. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Hayden Wilson Head, Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
2011–present
Incumbent