Sorry, Houston Lawyers: The New U.S. Attorney Is From Laredo

The new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas has just been announced, and it's not a Houstonian.

Jose Angel Moreno, a 53-year-old ex-Marine from Laredo, has been nominated to fill the important post.

"There can be no greater honor nor privilege for a career prosecutor than to serve as the United States Attorney for his district," said Moreno. "With the support and assistance of  my colleagues and our law enforcement partners, we will endeavor to stay the course toward continued efficient, effective and vigorous representation of the interests of the United States. I look forward to the challenge."

Moreno has spent much of his career on the border, in local and federal prosecutor jobs.

He graduated from UT Law School.

The process of naming him has been a bit slow, since the White House and the state's two senators are from different parties. The confirmation process likely isn't going to be swift either, although Moreno can essentially take over duties since he's already an assistant U.S. attorney in the district.

Right now he's a deputy criminal chief and the coordinator of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) for South Texas.

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Richard Connelly
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