President Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated Ryan Patrick, son of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, to be the chief federal prosecutor for the region stretching from Houston to the Texas-Mexico border.
Ryan Patrick, a Republican, was a state district judge in Houston from 2012-16, losing his re-election bid as Democrats surged in the 2016 Harris County election. He has since been working as a criminal defense lawyer in Houston.
Patrick, who received his law degree from the South Texas College of Law in 2006, also spent six years as an assistant prosecutor in the Harris County district attorney’s office.
His appointment as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
“Jan and I are obviously very proud of our son Ryan,” said Dan Patrick, who was Trump’s campaign chairman in Texas. “The selection process was extremely competitive and involved a series of interviews and reviews over the past six months. His record as a prosecutor and criminal court judge make him uniquely qualified for this position, and we are very happy for him.”