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Who Nominates Federal Judges and Prosecutors in Texas?

Senator Ted Cruz and Senator John Cornyn accept applications for judges and prosecutors in Texas – so good luck removing them from office.

Cornyn, Cruz announce bipartisan committee to fill Texas Judicial vacancies

April 15, 2013 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: MAR 27, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today announced the members of the bipartisan Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee (FJEC), which is composed of leading Texas attorneys who will screen and recommend to the Senators nominees for vacancies on the federal bench and in U.S. Attorney offices in Texas:

“Texans deserve able, fair, and independent prosecutors and judges, and I’m proud to join Sen. Cruz in reconstituting this bipartisan committee to ensure individuals who are of the highest caliber are confirmed expeditiously and can begin serving Texas as soon as possible,” said Sen. Cornyn.

“It is crucial that we ensure Texans have the best, most qualified judges and prosecutors defending their rights in court,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am glad to work alongside Sen. Cornyn in reestablishing this committee, and thank the attorneys willing to serve this effort and ensure the timely filling of court vacancies.”

Chairman – David Prichard (San Antonio, partner, Prichard Hawkins McFarland & Young)

Vice Chair – Hon. Raul Gonzalez (Austin, solo practitioner)

Vice Chair – James Ho (Dallas, partner, Gibson Dunn)

David Beck (Houston, partner, Beck Redden LLP)

John Beckworth (Houston, partner, Watt Beckworth)

Maria Wyckoff Boyce (Houston, partner, Baker Botts)

Zach Brady (Lubbock, partner, Brady & Hamilton LLP)

George Bramblett (Dallas, partner, Haynes & Boone)

Janet Dhillon (Plano, general counsel, JC Penney)

Brady Edwards (Houston, partner, Morgan Lewis)

Charles Eskridge (Houston, partner, Susman Godfrey LLP)

Hon. Jaime Esparza (El Paso, District Attorney, 34th Judicial District)

David Cabrales (Dallas, partner, Locke Lord)

James Cousar (Austin, partner, Thompson & Knight)

Erin Nealy Cox (Dallas, executive managing director, Stroz Friedberg)

Steve Cox (Houston, corporate counsel, Apache Corporation)

Larry Finder (Houston, partner, Baker & McKenzie)

Allyson Ho (Dallas, partner, Morgan Lewis)

Gaylord Hughey (Tyler, solo practitioner)

Bill Jones (Austin, owner, The Jones Firm)

Dee Kelly Jr. (Ft. Worth, managing partner, Kelly Hart)

Bradley Knippa (Austin, partner, Jackson Walker LLP)

W. Gregory Looser (Houston, senior vice president, Pride International Inc.)

George McWilliams (Texarkana, solo practitioner)

Connie Pfeiffer (Houston, partner, Beck Redden LLP)

Hon. Tom Phillips (Austin, partner, Baker Botts)

Adam Ross (Dallas, founder & CEO, Goldcrest Investments)

Kelly Shackelford (Plano, president & CEO, Liberty Institute)

Hon. Lori Valenzuela (San Antonio, judge, 437th District Court)

Manny Vela (Harlingen, president & CEO, Valley Baptist Health System)

Margaret Wilson (Austin, general counsel, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles)

Kent Sullivan (Austin, partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP)

Steve Susman (Houston, partner, Susman Godfrey LLP)

Andy Taylor (Houston, founder, Andy Taylor & Associates, P.C.)

Michael Truncale (Beaumont, partner, Orgain Bell & Tucker, LLP)

Federal Judge Truncale, EDTX

U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

Monday, August 27, 2018

United States Attorney Announces the Appointment of Three New Federal Prosecutors

U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox today announced the appointment of three new Assistant United States Attorneys:

Ryan Raybould, assigned to the Dallas Criminal Division;

Sarah Delaney, assigned to the Dallas Civil Division;


Robert Boudreau, assigned to the Fort Worth Criminal Division.

All three prosecutors were sworn in Monday morning before Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn.

A graduate of Yale University and Notre Dame Law School, Mr. Raybould today returns to the same district where he clerked for U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor five years ago.   In the intervening years, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Tennessee, where he prosecuted white collar crime cases, and before that as a prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Criminal Enforcement Section – Tax Division. Before beginning his legal career, Mr. Raybould spent four years as a professional soccer player, and was drafted by the Kansas City Wizards in 2005.

Ms. Delaney, who earned degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Virginia School of Law, joins the Northern District of Texas from the litigation section of Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix, Arizona. There, she handled a wide range of matters, from regulatory affairs and international trade to product liability and healthcare matters.

Mr. Boudreau joins the Northern District of Texas from the Justice Department’s Criminal Enforcement Section – Tax Division in Washington, DC, where he investigated and prosecuted crimes including tax evasion, investment fraud, identity theft, healthcare fraud, and public corruption. A graduate of the University at Albany and Boston University School of Law, he also served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he represented a Marine court-martialed for a high-profile war crime.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these three AUSAs to our hard-hitting teams in Fort Worth and Dallas,” said Nealy Cox. “I’m confident they will serve the cause of justice with honor.”  

Y’all Cannot Impeach Senator Cruz or Cornyn Because they Choose the Prosecutors


The Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee

Application Information

Sens. Cruz and Cornyn accept applications for federal judicial vacancies in Texas. The Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee (FJEC), a bipartisan panel of leading attorneys in Texas, reviews applications, interviews candidates, and makes recommendations to the Senators. The Senators are currently accepting applications. You may download the application by clicking here.

The offices are now accepting applications for the following United States Attorney positions:

  • Eastern District of Texas
  • Northern District of Texas
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas

Completed applications must be submitted to the email addresses below no later than September 30, 2021. Email submission is strongly recommended due to delays caused by security procedures in receiving Congressional mail.

Please note: If you have already submitted your materials for one or more of these positions prior to August 30, please re-submit your materials within the open application period to be considered by FJEC.

Questions regarding applications and the process may be directed to the contacts listed below.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

Attn: Andrew Davis

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn

Attn: Ryan Raybould

Former Judge and Lawyer J. Michael Luttig’s ‘Constitutional Crisis’ is a Diversion

The truth is the People do not trust the U.S. Government, full of lawyers and judges who ‘run the country’ and assert they are above the law.

There’s a Bunch of Federal Judges Departing from this Financial Services Case, But Not Allyson Ho

US District Court Judge Lynn Hughes Departs Involuntarily While One Unnamed 5th Cir. Judge recuses (we assume Jones) and Owen departs too.

Buying Federal Judgeships in Texas is Commonplace if You Know Ted Cruz n’ John Cornyn

Just ask United States District Judge Charles Eskridge of the Southern District, Houston Division – who sat on the Judicial Selection Panel.

Who Nominates Federal Judges and Prosecutors in Texas?
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