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Former US Attorney Kenneth Magidson

 

Kenneth Magidson
2011-2017

Magidson served the federal government for nearly 35 years. During his tenure as USA, he held a strong position that as a public office we have a duty to report the work we do every day and placed a strong emphais on media relations. In his five and a half years as U.S. Attorney, prosecutors in his office convicted nearly 40,000 defendants on a myriad of matters he deemed a priority - from national security to human trafficking, Project Safe Childhood, OCDETF and much more. To learn more about Magidson, read this.

 
 

Donald J. DeGabrielle
2006-2008

DeGabrielle called his service in this office “a mission and a privilege,” instilling in his employees that we enjoy the trust and faith of the citizens we serve, which should be earned and protected every day.

Don DeGabrielle
Mike Shelby

Michael T. Shelby
2001-2005

Shelby undertook a comprehensive reorganizaion of the office, focusing efforts and resources in four specific areas: terrorism and national security, violent crime, organized criminal enterprises and complex white collar crime.

 
 

Mervyn Milton Mosbacker
1999-2001

Mosbacker clerked for U.S. District Judge Filemon Vela, served as First Assistant District Attorney for Cameron County and was AUSA-in-Charge in Brownsville prior to his presidential appointment.

Mervin Mosbacker
Gaynelle Griffin Jones

Gaynelle Griffin Jones
1993-1997

Appoined by President Clinton,Jones was the first female and first African-American to serve as the USA for the SDTX.

 
 

Ronald G. Woods
1990-1993

Woods focused on the prosecution of complex bank fraud cases which arose from the savings and loan industry as well as reorganization of the office and increasing the number of AUSAs to 130.

Ron Woods
Henry Oncken

Henry K. Oncken
1985-1990

Oncken’s administration first staffed the McAllen Office in 1988 and doubled the number of AUSAs in the district.

 
 

Daniel Kuldell Hedges
1981-1985

Hedges co-founded OCDETF during his tenure.

Daniel Kuldell Hedges
Jose Antonio Canales

Jose Antonio Canales
1977-1980

Canales returned to private practice after his tenure and was honored with the 2002 Humanitarian Award from The National Conference for Community and Justice.

 
 

Edward B. McDonough Jr.
1974-1977

President Ford appointed McDonough after serving as an AUSA and chief of the Criminal Division.

Edward B. McDonough Jr.
Anthony Perez Farris

Anthony Perez Farris
1969-1974

Farris was elected State Judge for the 151st Civil District of Texas following his tenure as USA.

 
 

Morton Lee Susman
1966-1969

Susman had served as an AUSA since 1961 and was chief of the Criminal Division.

Morton Lee Susman
Woodrow Bradley Seals

Woodrow Bradley Seals
1961-1966

Following his tenure, Seals was nominated by Lyndon Johnson to the district court for the Southern District.

 
 

William B. Butler
1957-1961

Butler’s leadership led to the opening of the Brownsville office in 1961.

William B. Butler
Malcolm Richard Wilkey

Malcolm Richard Wilkey
1954-1957

After serving as USA, Wilkey went on to become an AAG in the Office of Legal Affairs and an AAG in the Criminal Division at the DOJ.

 
 

Brian Sylvester Odem
1944-1954

FDR also appointed Odem who had previously served as an AUSA for 10 years.

Brian Sylvester Odem
Douglas Wear McGregor

Douglas Wear McGregor
1934-1944

McGregor served for 10 years after being appointed by Franklin Roosevelt.

 
 

Henry Matthews Holden
1922-1934

Holden was the longest serving USA in the SDTX, serving for 12 years.

Henry Matthews Holden
David Edward Simmons

David Edward Simmons
1919-1922

Previously an AAG for the state of Texas, Simmons was appointed by Woodrow Wilson.

 
 

John Edward Green Jr.
1914-1919

Green resigned from the USAO after a disagreement with the AG over supporting higher telephone rates in Houston.

John Edward Green Jr.
Lodowick McDaniel

Lodowick McDaniel
1906-1914

McDaniel was the first presidentially-appointed USA.

 
 

Marcus C. McLemore
1902-1906

McLemore was the 1st USA for the new SDTX.

Marcus C. McLemore
Updated March 13, 2017

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