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Texas is divided into four federal judicial districts, each of which is comprised of several divisions. Appeal from all Texas federal courts is to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

U.S. Court of Appeals,  Fifth Circuit

The Fifth Circuit is composed of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Sessions are held in each of the states at least once a year and may be scheduled at any location having adequate facilities. U.S. circuit judges are appointed for life and receive a salary of $220,600 in 2018.

Circuit JudgesChief Judge, Carl E. Stewart, Shreveport.
Judges: Priscilla R. Owen,  Austin.
Catharina Haynes, Don R. Willett, and James C. Ho, Dallas.
Edith H. Jones, Greg J. Costa, Jerry E. Smith, and Jennifer Walker Elrod, Houston.
James E. Graves Jr., Leslie H. Southwick, and E. Grady Jolly, Jackson, Miss.
Stuart Kyle Duncan, Lafayette, La.
James L. Dennis, Stephen A. Higginson, and Kurt Damian Engelhardt, New Orleans.
Andrew Stephen Oldham, San Antonio.
Senior Judges: Carolyn Dineen King and Thomas M. Reavley, Houston; Fortunato P. Benavides and Patrick E. Higginbotham, Austin; Rhesa H. Barksdale, Jackson, Miss.; John Malcolm Duhé Jr., Jacques L. Wiener Jr., W. Eugene Davis, and Edith Brown Clement, New Orleans.
Clerk of Court: Lyle W. Cayce, New Orleans.

U.S. DISTRICT COURTS

U.S. district judges are appointed for life and receive a salary in 2018 of $208,000.

Northern Texas District
www.txnd.uscourts.gov

District JudgesChief Judge, Barbara M.G. Lynn, Dallas.
Judges: Mary Lou Robinson, Amarillo.
Sam A. Lindsay, David C. Godbey, Ed Kinkeade, Jane Boyle, Reed O’Connor, and Keren Gren Scholer, Dallas.
Senior Judges: A. Joe Fish and Sidney A. Fitzwater, Dallas; Mary Lou Robinson, Amarillo; Terry R. Means and John H. McBryde, Fort Worth; Sam R. Cummings, Lubbock.
Clerk of District Court: Karen Mitchell, Dallas.
U.S. Attorney: Erin Nealy Cox, Dallas.
Federal Public Defender: Jason Hawkins.
U.S. Marshal: (vacant).
Bankruptcy Judges: Chief Judge, Barbara J. Houser, Dallas. Judges, Stacey G.C. Jernigan and Harlin D. Hale, Dallas; Mark X. Mullin and Russell F. Nelms, Fort Worth; Robert Jones, Lubbock. Court is in continuous session in each division of the Northern Texas District.

Following are the different divisions of the Northern District and the counties in each division:

Abilene Division
Callahan, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Howard, Jones, Mitchell, Nolan, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor and Throckmorton. Magistrate: E. Scott Frost, Abilene. Deputy-in-charge: Misti Grant.

Amarillo Division
Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher and Wheeler. Magistrate: Lee Ann Reno, Amarillo. Deputy-in-charge: Delynda Smith.

Dallas Division
Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall. Magistrates: Irma C. Ramirez, Renee H. Toliver, David L. Horan, and Rebecca Rutherford, Dallas. Chief Deputy: Jim Barton.

Fort Worth Division
Comanche, Erath, Hood, Jack, Palo Pinto, Parker, Tarrant and Wise. Magistrate: Jeffrey L. Cureton, Fort Worth. Division Manager: Brian Rebecek.

Lubbock Division
Bailey, Borden, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Kent, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Scurry, Terry and Yoakum. Magistrate: D. Gordon Bryant Jr., Lubbock. Division Manager: Erik Paltrow.

San Angelo Division
Brown, Coke, Coleman, Concho, Crockett, Glasscock, Irion, Menard, Mills, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton and Tom Green. Magistrate: E. Scott Frost, San Angelo. Division Manager: Erik Paltrow.

Wichita Falls Division
Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, King, Knox, Montague, Wichita, Wilbarger and Young. Magistrate: Hal R. Ray Jr., Wichita Falls. Deputy-in-Charge: Teena Timmons.

Western Texas District
www.txwd.uscourts.gov

District JudgesChief Judge, Orlando Garcia, San Antonio.
Judges: Fred Biery, Xavier Rodriguez, San Antonio.
Kathleen Cardone, Frank J. Montalvo, Philip R. Martinez, David C. Guaderrama, El Paso.
Robert L. Pitman and Lee Yeakel, Austin.
Alia Moses, Del Rio;.
David Counts, Midland-Odessa.
Alan Albright, Waco.
Senior Judges: James R. Nowlin and Sam Sparks, Austin; David Briones, El Paso; Robert A. Junell, Midland and Pecos; David A. Erza, San Antonio.
Clerk of District Court: Jeannette Clack, San Antonio.
U.S. Attorney: John F. Bash
Federal Public Defender: Maureen Scott Franco.
U.S. Marshal: Susan L. Pamerleau.
Bankruptcy Judges: Chief Judge, Ronald B. King. Judges, Craig A. Gargotta, H. Christopher Mott and Tony M. Davis, Austin.

Following are the different divisions of the Western District, and the counties in each division.

Austin Division
Bastrop, Blanco, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Gillespie, Hays, Kimble, Lampasas, Lee, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, San Saba, Travis, Washington and Williamson. Magistrates: Andrew W. Austin and Mark Lane, Austin. Divisional Office Manager: Annette French. Bankruptcy Court Deputy-in-charge: Theresa Mills.

Del Rio Division
Edwards, Kinney, Maverick, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde and Zavala. Magistrate: Victor Roberto Garcia and Collis White, Del Rio. Divisional Office Manager: Trini Barrientez.

El Paso Division
El Paso, Hudspeth. Magistrates: Robert F. Castañeda, Anne T. Berton, Miguel A. Torres, Leon Schydlower, El Paso. Operations Support Supervisor: Michael Maiella. Bankruptcy Court Deputy-in-charge: Julie Herrera.

Midland-Odessa Division
Andrews, Crane, Ector, Martin, Midland and Upton. Court for the Midland-Odessa Division is held at Midland, but may, at the discretion of the court, be held in Odessa. Magistrate: Ronald C. Griffin, Midland. Divisional Office Manager: Jaye Kissler, Midland. Bankruptcy Court Deputy-in-charge: Christy L. Carouth.

Pecos Division
Brewster, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Ward and Winkler. Magistrates: David B. Fannin, Alpine. Pecos Divisional Office Manager: Michael Benavides. Alpine Magistrate Deputy: Yvette Lujan.

San Antonio Division
Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Frio, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, Real and Wilson. Magistrates: Elizabeth S. Chestney, Richard B. Farrer, and Henry J. Bemporad, San Antonio. Divisional Office Manager: Michael F. Oakes. Clerk of Bankruptcy Court: Yvette Taylor.

Waco Division
Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Leon, Limestone, McLennan, Milam, Robertson and Somervell. Magistrate: Jeffrey C. Manske, Waco. Divisional Office Manager: Mark G. Borchardt. Bankruptcy Court Deputy-in-charge: Bridget Hardage.

Eastern Texas District
www.txed.uscourts.gov

District JudgesChief Judge, Rodney Gilstrap, Marhsall.
Judges: Marcia A. Crone, Rod Clark, and Thad Heartfield, Beaumont.
Michael H. Schneider, Tyler. 
Robert W. Schroeder III, Texarkana.
Richard A. Schell, Plano. Amos L. Mazzant III, Sherman.
Clerk of District Court: David O'Toole.
U.S. Attorney: Joseph D. Brown.
Federal Public Defender: G. Patrick Black.
U.S. Marshal: Thomas Smith.
Bankruptcy Judges: Chief Judge, William Parker, Tyler; Brenda Rhoades, Plano.

Following are the divisions of the Eastern District and the counties in each division:

Beaumont Division
Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange. Magistrates: Zach Hawthorn and Keith F. Giblin. Deputy-in-charge: Brandy Fairley.

Lufkin Division
Angelina, Houston, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler. Deputy-in-charge: Brandy Fairley.

Marshall Division
Camp, Cass, Harrison, Hopkins, Marion, Morris, Upshur. Magistrate: Roy Payne. Deputy-in-charge: Kecia Clendening.

Sherman Division
Collin, Cooke, Delta, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Hopkins and Lamar. Magistrates: Kimberly C. Priest Johnson and Christine A. Nowak, Plano. Deputy-in-charge: Karen Sessions.

Texarkana Division
Bowie, Franklin, Red River and Titus. Magistrate: Caroline M. Craven. Deputy-in-charge: Lynn Siebel.

Tyler Division
Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Van Zandt and Wood. Magistrates: K. Nicole Mitchell and John Love, Tyler. Deputy-in-charge: Kyla Dean.

Southern Texas District
www.txs.uscourts.gov

District JudgesChief Judge, Lee H. Rosenthal, Houston.
Judges: Alfred H. Bennett, Keith Ellison, Vanessa Gilmore, Andrew S. Hanen, Lynn N. Hughes, Sim Lake, and Gray H. Miller, Houston.
Nelva Gonzales Ramos, Corpus Christi.
Rolando Olvera and Fernando Rodriguez, Brownsville.
Ricardo H. Hinojosa, Randy Crane, and Micaela Alvarez, McAllen. George C. Hanks Jr., Galveston.
Marina Garcia Marmolejo and Diana Saldaña, Laredo.
Senior Judges: Janis Graham Jack, Corpus Christi; David Hittner, Kenneth M. Hoyt, Nancy F. Atlas, Hilda G. Tagle, and Ewing Werlein Jr., Houston; George P. Kazen, Laredo; Kenneth M. Hoyt and John D. Rainey, Victoria.
Clerk of Court: David J. Bradley, Houston.
U. S. Attorney: Ryan K. Patrick, Houston.
Federal Public Defender: Marjorie A. Meyers. 
U.S. Marshal: Gary Blankinship.
Bankruptcy Judges: Chief, David Jones;  also, Jeff Bohm, Marvin Isgur, Jeffrey P. Norman, and  Eduardo V. Rodriguez.

Following are the different divisions of the Southern District and the counties in each division:

Brownsville Division
Cameron and Willacy. Magistrates: Ronald G. Morgan, Ignacio Torteya III. Deputy-in-charge: Rosalina D’Venturi.

Corpus Christi Division
Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces and San Patricio. Magistrates: B. Janice Ellington and Jason B. Libby. Deputy-in-charge: Marianne Serpa.

Galveston Division
Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston and Matagorda. Magistrate: Andrew M. Edison. Deputy-in-charge: Lucia Smith.

Houston Division
Austin, Brazos, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Madison, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller and Wharton. Magistrates: Dena Hanovice Palermo, Frances H. Stacy, Nancy Johnson, Peter Bray, and Christina Bryan. Deputy-in-charge: Darlene Hansen.

Laredo Division
Jim Hogg, La Salle, McMullen, Webb and Zapata. Magistrates: Diana Song Quiroga, John A. Kazen, and Sam S. Sheldon. Deputy-in-charge: Kathy Johnson.

McAllen Division
Hidalgo and Starr. Magistrates: J. Scott Hacker, Peter Ormsby, and Juan F. Alanis. Deputy-in-charge: Velma T. Barrera.

Victoria Division
Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria. Deputy-in-charge: Lana Tesch.

Compiled from court websites.