Ryan K. Patrick
United States Attorney
Southern District Of Texas
Ryan Patrick is the 23rd 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 one of the largest districts in the nation.
Patrick began serving as U.S. Attorney on Jan. 8, 2018, following his presidential nomination in November 2017 and subsequent unanimous Senate confirmation.
In 2018, Patrick significantly starting increasing staffing in what is now the busiest criminal docket in the country. More than 200 attorneys and 500 total staff seven offices across the district which represents nearly nine million people. To date, more than 60 attorneys and 60 support staff have been hired to meet increasing caseloads in South Texas and Houston. Particular emphasis in Houston has been placed on prosecuting violent crime. This year, the office increased violent crime prosecutions by 40% through a renewed emphasis in Project Safe Neighborhoods. The district will also see the first increase in drug prosecutions in five years.
Patrick has also placed an emphasis on outreach to local law enforcement. Covering 43 counties, the Southern District has more than 300 local police departments.
Patrick began his a career as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County. During that time, he prosecuted all types of criminal cases. Patrick spent three years as a prosecutor and investigator with the Vehicle Crimes Division. When he left the office, he was assigned to the Major Offenders Division. In 2012, then Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Patrick Presiding Judge of the 177th state district court. He was elected to a full four-year-term later in 2012.
Prior to this position, Patrick was in private practice as a solo practitioner and senior counsel with HooverSlovacek, where he focused on felony criminal defense work.
Patrick graduated from Baylor University in 2001 and holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law. He is married with three children.