As United States Attorney, Sarah R. Saldaña leads four staffed offices with nearly 220 employees, including approximately 100 attorneys. The Northern District of Texas spans 100 counties and approximately 95,000 square miles.
Saldaña graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&I University and earned her J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University. Before going to law school, she taught 8th grade and worked for various federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, HUD, and the Department of Labor. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders and later worked in private practice. In 2004 she was appointed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, where she prosecuted a variety of criminal cases, including bank and mortgage fraud, civil rights, human trafficking, and public corruption. Most recently she served as the Deputy Criminal Chief in charge of the District’s Fraud and Public Corruption section, leading the successful prosecution of the Dallas City Hall public corruption case.
“To serve my country in this role is the highest of honors and I am humbled by the confidence placed in me by President Obama and Senators Hutchison and Cornyn. Serving in this role, among the fine men and women of the Department of Justice, is a privilege and the highlight of my career.”
Saldaña is an active member of numerous professional organizations and has been very involved in her community, previously serving on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art and the City of Dallas Zoning Board of Adjustment. She is also the recipient of several meritorious awards and was most recently named Latina Attorney of the Year at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 38th Annual Convention. In September 2011, Sarah R. Saldaña became Texas’s first Latina chief prosecutor.