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
In office
November 13, 2009 – November 13, 2016
Preceded by Hayden Wilson Head, Jr.
Succeeded by Lee H. Rosenthal
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Assumed office
May 5, 1983
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Woodrow B. Seals
Personal details
Born (1950-01-24) January 24, 1950 (age 67)
Rio Grande City, Texas
Alma mater University of Texas (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Ricardo H. Hinojosa (born January 24, 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 President George W. Bush in 2003. He served Chief Judge from 2009 to 2016.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Hayden Wilson Head, Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
2009–2016
Succeeded by
Lee H. Rosenthal
Preceded by
Woodrow Bradley Seals
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
1983–present
Incumbent