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U.S. District Judges for the Eastern District of Texas, 1870-2017 (may be incomplete!)
Joel C. C. Winch 1870-71 Amos Morrill 1872-83 Chauncey B. Sabin 1884-90 David E. Bryant 1890-1910 Gordon J. Russell 1910 William Lee Estes 1920-30 Randolph Bryant 1931-51 Joseph Warren Sheehy 1951-67 Joe J. Fisher 1959-84 William M. Steger 1970-87 Howell Cobb 1985-2001 Sam B. Hall, Jr. 1985-94 Paul N. Brown 1985-2001 Richard A. Schell 1988-2015 Thad Heartfield 1995-2010 Leonard E. Davis 2002-15 Marcia A. Crone 2003- Michael H. Schneider, Sr. 2004-16 Amos Louis Mazzant III 2014- Robert William Schroeder III 2014-

Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1883 Oct 18: Amos Morrill, retired.
  • 1890 Mar 30: Chauncey B. Sabin, died in office.
  • 1910 Feb 5: David E. Bryant, died in office.
  • 1930 Jun 14: William Lee Estes, died in office.
  • 1951 Apr 24: Randolph Bryant, died in office.
  • 1967 Feb 23: Joseph Warren Sheehy, died in office.
  • 1987 Dec 31: William M. Steger, took senior status.
  • 1994 Apr 10: Sam B. Hall, Jr., died in office.
  • 2001 Mar 1: Howell Cobb, took senior status.
  • 2001 Apr 1: Paul N. Brown, took senior status.
  • 2010 Jan 1: Thad Heartfield, took senior status.
  • 2015 Mar 10: Richard A. Schell, took senior status.
  • 2015 May 15: Leonard E. Davis, retired.
  • 2016 Jan 7: Michael H. Schneider, Sr., took senior status.

    U.S. District Judges for the Northern District of Texas, 1879-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    Andrew P. McCormick 1879-92 John B. Rector 1892-98 Edward Roscoe Meek 1898-1935 James C. Wilson 1919-47 William H. Atwell 1923-54 T. W. Davidson 1936-65 Joseph Brannon Dooley 1947-66 Joe Ewing Estes 1955-72 Sarah Tilghman Hughes 1961 Leo Brewster 1961-73 William McLaughlin Taylor, Jr. 1966-79 Halbert O. Woodward 1968-86 Robert Madden Hill 1970-84 Eldon Mahon 1972-89 David Owen Belew, Jr. 1979-90 Barefoot Sanders 1979-96 Jerry Buchmeyer 1979-2003 Robert B. Maloney 1985-2000 Samuel Ray Cummings 1987-2014 John H. McBryde 1990- Jorge Antonio Solis 1991-2016 Terry R. Means 1991-2013 Jane J. Boyle 2004-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1898 Apr 9: John B. Rector, died in office.
  • 1935 Dec 31: Edward Roscoe Meek, took senior status.
  • 1954 Dec 31: William H. Atwell, took senior status.
  • 1965 Nov 1: T. W. Davidson, took senior status.
  • 1966 Oct 1: Joseph Brannon Dooley, took senior status.
  • 1972 Jul 1: Joe Ewing Estes, took senior status.
  • 1973 Nov 1: Leo Brewster, took senior status.
  • 1979 Feb 7: William McLaughlin Taylor, Jr., took senior status.
  • 1986 Dec 30: Halbert O. Woodward, took senior status.
  • 1989 Oct 1: Eldon Mahon, took senior status.
  • 1990 May 7: David Owen Belew, Jr., took senior status.
  • 1996 Jan 1: Barefoot Sanders, took senior status.
  • 2000 Aug 31: Robert B. Maloney, took senior status.
  • 2003 Sep 5: Jerry Buchmeyer, took senior status.
  • 2013 Jul 3: Terry R. Means, took senior status.
  • 2014 Dec 31: Samuel Ray Cummings, took senior status.
  • 2016 May 1: Jorge Antonio Solis, retired.

    U.S. District Judges for the Southern District of Texas, 1902-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    Waller T. Burns 1902-17 Joseph Chappell Hutcheson, Jr. 1918-31 T. M. Kennerly 1931 James V. Allred 1939-42 Allen Burroughs Hannay 1942-75 James V. Allred 1949-59 Ben Clarkson Connally 1949-74 Reynaldo Guerra Garza 1961-79 James Latane Noel, Jr. 1961-76 John V. Singleton, Jr. 1966-88 Woodrow B. Seals 1966-82 Carl Olaf Bue, Jr. 1970-87 Ross N. Sterling 1976-88 Finis E. Cowan 1977-79 Norman William Black 1979-96 George Edward Cire 1979-85 James DeAnda 1979-92 George P. Kazen 1979-2009 Gabrielle Anne Kirk McDonald 1979-88 Hugh Gibson 1979-89 Filemon Vela 1980-2000 Hayden Wilson Head, Jr. 1981-2009 Melinda Harmon 1989- John David Rainey 1990-2010 Ewing Werlein, Jr. 1992-2006 Nancy Friedman Atlas 1995- Keith P. Ellison 1999- Randy Crane 2002- Andrew S. Hanen 2002- Micaela Alvarez 2004- Gray Hampton Miller 2006- Diana Saldana 2011- Nelva Gonzales Ramos 2011- Gregg Jeffrey Costa 2012-14 Alfred Homer Bennett 2015- George Carol Hanks, Jr. 2015-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1917 Nov 17: Waller T. Burns, died in office.
  • 1959 Sep 24: James V. Allred, died in office.
  • 1974 Dec 28: Ben Clarkson Connally, took senior status.
  • 1975 Aug 6: Allen Burroughs Hannay, took senior status.
  • 1976 Dec 15: James Latane Noel, Jr., took senior status.
  • 1979 Jun 30: Finis E. Cowan, resigned.
  • 1982 Dec 25: Woodrow B. Seals, took senior status.
  • 1985 May 5: George Edward Cire, died in office.
  • 1987 Sep 2: Carl Olaf Bue, Jr., took senior status.
  • 1988 Jan 14: Ross N. Sterling, died in office.
  • 1988 Apr 1: John V. Singleton, Jr., took senior status.
  • 1988 Aug 14: Gabrielle Anne Kirk McDonald, resigned.
  • 1989 Nov 1: Hugh Gibson, took senior status.
  • 1992 Oct 1: James DeAnda, retired.
  • 1996 Dec 6: Norman William Black, took senior status.
  • 2000 May 1: Filemon Vela, took senior status.
  • 2006 Jan 1: Ewing Werlein, Jr., took senior status.
  • 2009 May 31: George P. Kazen, took senior status.
  • 2009 Nov 13: Hayden Wilson Head, Jr., took senior status.
  • 2010 Jun 11: John David Rainey, took senior status.

    U.S. District Judges for the Western District of Texas, 1857-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    Thomas Howard DuVal 1857-80 Thomas Sheldon Maxey 1888-1916 DuVal West 1916-31 William R. Smith 1917-24 Charles A. Boynton 1924-47 Robert Johnston McMillan 1932-41 Ben Herbert Rice, Jr. 1945-64 R. Ewing Thomason 1947 Adrian Spears 1961-79 W. Homer Thornberry 1963-65 Dorwin Wallace Suttle 1964-79 John H. Wood, Jr. 1970-79 William S. Sessions 1974-87 Lucius Bunton 1979-92 Clyde Frederick Shannon, Jr. 1980-84 Hipolito Frank Garcia 1980-2002 Walter S. Smith, Jr. 1984-2016 Sam Sparks 1991- Samuel Frederick Biery, Jr. 1994-2000 David Briones 1994- Philip Ray Martinez 2002- Alia Moses 2002- Robert Junell 2003- Kathleen Cardone 2003- Frank Montalvo 2003-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1880 Oct 10: Thomas Howard DuVal, died in office.
  • 1916 Dec 12: Thomas Sheldon Maxey, retired.
  • 1924 Aug 16: William R. Smith, died in office.
  • 1931 Nov 30: DuVal West, took senior status.
  • 1941 Oct 27: Robert Johnston McMillan, died in office.
  • 1947 May 1: Charles A. Boynton, took senior status.
  • 1964 Mar 14: Ben Herbert Rice, Jr., died in office.
  • 1979 May 29: John H. Wood, Jr., died in office.
  • 1979 Oct 10: Adrian Spears, took senior status; Dorwin Wallace Suttle, took senior status.
  • 1984 Jan 1: Clyde Frederick Shannon, Jr., resigned.
  • 1987 Nov 1: William S. Sessions, resigned.
  • 1992 Dec 1: Lucius Bunton, took senior status.
  • 2002 Jan 16: Hipolito Frank Garcia, died in office.
  • 2016 Sep 14: Walter S. Smith, Jr., retired.
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