Nelva Gonzales Ramos
Nelva Gonzales Ramos (born August 22, 1965) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Nelva Gonzales Ramos
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas|
|Assumed office |
August 4, 2011
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Hayden Wilson Head, Jr.|
|Born||August 22, 1965|
Port Lavaca, Texas
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Education||Texas State University–San Marcos (B.A.)|
University of Texas Law School (J.D.)
Early life and educationEdit
Ramos was born in 1965 in Port Lavaca, Texas. She attended Texas State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in 1987. Ramos then earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 1991.
State judicial serviceEdit
Federal judicial serviceEdit
During the 111th Congress, Ramos was one of three candidates recommended by Democrats from the Texas House delegation for a Corpus Christi vacancy on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Ramos was the only candidate also supported by Republican Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn. On January 26, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Ramos to replace Judge Hayden Head. The United States Senate confirmed Ramos by unanimous consent on August 2, 2011. She received her commission on August 4, 2011.
In August 2016, Judge Ramos was involved in a case accusing the state of misleading voters without IDs. The U.S. Department of Justice says officials have used news releases, a website and training documents for election officials to narrow "dramatically the scope of voters protected" in an order entered by Gonzales Ramos.
On April 10, 2017, Judge Ramos ruled that Texas' voter ID law was passed in 2011 with the intent to discriminate against minority voters. On April 27, 2018, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Ramos' ruling, upholding the Texas voter ID law in a 2–1 vote.
- United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary (January 24, 2011). "Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Nelva Gonzales Ramos" (PDF). Retrieved August 3, 2011.
- "Texas State alumna nominated for federal district judgeship". The Texas State University-San Marcos Blog. January 27, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
- "Ramos, Nelva Gonzales – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- Foley, Sara (January 26, 2011). "Nelva Gonzales Ramos nominated for federal judgeship". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
- Cavazos, Mary Ann; Powell, Jaime (June 9, 2010). "Democrats select three finalists for federal judgeship". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
- Saleh Rauf, David (September 7, 2016). "Court filing accuses state of misleading voters without IDs". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
- Ura, Alexa (27 April 2018). "Federal appellate court upholds embattled Texas voter ID law". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- Nelva Gonzales Ramos at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Nelva Gonzales Ramos at Ballotpedia
Hayden Wilson Head, Jr.
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas