Kenneth Magidson is the 22nd Presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas and, as such, is the chief law enforcement officer responsible for prosecuting and defending the interests of the United States in the seventh largest district in the nation. Magidson began serving as U.S. Attorney on Sept. 30, 2011, following his presidential nomination in June 2011 and subsequent unanimous Senate confirmation.
“The appointment by the President is the pinnacle of my career. As holders of the public trust, the U.S. Attorneys’ duty is to honorably represent the United States and earn the respect of its citizens every day. Having worked among the law enforcement community in both Houston and the Southern District of Texas as a career prosecutor for over 34 years, it is my intent to not only earn that trust but to also foster cooperation and coordination with our federal, state and local partners in faithfully executing our laws,” said Magidson.
Magidson brings a wide range of qualifications and nearly 30 years of federal law enforcement experience to his new position, serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the SDTX since 1983. For most of that time, he served as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Regional Coordinator for the Southwest Region, which includes all of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and the Central and Southern Districts of California and encompasses 11 federal judicial districts. The OCDETF program targets the most significant drug trafficking and related money laundering organizations operating in the United States. Previously, as chief of the Narcotics Division, he supervised assigned Assistant United States Attorneys in addition to his regional OCDETF coordination duties.
In 2008, Magidson was called upon to serve as the Harris County District Attorney upon appointment of the Texas Governor, Rick Perry. As the District Attorney of the third most populous county in the United States, he managed an office with more than 300 prosecutors and investigators.
Cognizant of his experience and accomplishments, the Department of Justice asked Magidson to serve under then Attorney General Janet Reno as the director for the Executive Office for OCDETF in Washington, D.C., from May 1996 through May 1997. In that role, he was responsible for a broad range of management, financial and administrative duties and supervised a staff consisting of professional and support staff deemed necessary for performing the duties of the office.
Prior to his federal career, Magidson served as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County, Texas. During that time, he served as the chief felony prosecutor in the 177th District Court and was responsible for the prosecution of major felony crimes including capital murders, rapes, robberies, burglaries, kidnappings and more.
Magidson graduated from the University of Maryland and holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston.