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An attorney with ties to Robstown and Corpus Christi has been confirmed as the newest federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, according to a news release.
David Morales was confirmed Wednesday to fill the vacancy, which has been open since 2011 when U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack took senior status. Morales was nominated by President Donald Trump in April 2018 for the seat, but his nomination was left pending at the end of the year.
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He was later re-nominated, with his confirmation one of several to take place this week in the U.S. Senate.
“I am delighted my Senate colleagues have confirmed David Morales to the federal bench,” Sen. Ted Cruz said in a statement. “His wealth of experience, coupled with his dedication to the rule of law and principled professionalism will serve Texans in Corpus Christi and the Southern District well.”
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Cruz worked with Morales when both were at the Texas attorney general's office before Greg Abbott left to become governor after the 2014 election.
Morales was born in Edinburg, but his family moved to Robstown when he was less than a year old. He grew up in the small agricultural community, attending school at St. John Nepomucene Catholic School through eighth grade. Morales then attended high school at Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi, from which he graduated in 1986.
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Sen. John Cornyn and Cruz said in the release that Morales' nomination was a result of their recommendation following an "extensive" review and interview process by the bipartisan Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee. The group was established by the two senators, the release states, to help identify qualified candidates for judicial vacancies.
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