Xavier Rodriguez

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Xavier Rodriguez
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
Assumed office
August 1, 2003
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byEdward C. Prado
Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court of Texas
In office
September 7, 2001 – November 6, 2002
Appointed byRick Perry
Preceded byGreg Abbott
Succeeded bySteven Wayne Smith
Personal details
Xavier Rodriguez

(1961-09-20) September 20, 1961 (age 59)[1]
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
EducationHarvard University (BA)
University of Texas (MPA, JD)

Xavier Rodriguez (born September 20, 1961) is an American attorney and jurist serving as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Rodriguez was previously an Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 2001 to 2002.

Early life and education[edit]

Rodriguez was born in 1961 in San Antonio, Texas.[2] He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Harvard University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas Law School.[2]


He served in the United States Army Reserve as an officer from 1983 to 1993 after receiving his commission from the ROTC program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[3][4]

Rodriguez is a regular speaker on continuing legal education seminars and has authored numerous articles regarding employment law, discovery and arbitration issues. He is past chair of the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Council and Chair of the State Bar Paralegal Committee.

Prior to assuming the bench, he was a partner in the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski. Rodriguez then served on the Texas Supreme Court until he was defeated in his reelection run. Rodriguez then returned to private practice briefly before being appointed to the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio by President George W. Bush.

Rodriguez has been considered a candidate for a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, along with District Judge Marina Marmolejo.[5]


  1. ^ Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First [-second Session, Part 3]
  2. ^ a b "Rodriguez, Xavier - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  3. ^ "Hon. Xavier Rodriguez - St. Mary's Law". St. Mary's School of Law. Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  4. ^ "Senators Hutchison, Cornyn Recommend Xavier Rodriguez For Judicial Nomination". United States Senator John Cornyn, Texas. 2003-02-06. Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  5. ^ Contreras, Guillermo (December 1, 2013). "Another federal judge may go". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved April 24, 2015.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Edward C. Prado
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas