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Orlando Luis Garcia (born 1952) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas and former Texas state legislator.

Orlando Luis Garcia
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
Assumed office
January 1, 2016
Preceded by Samuel Frederick Biery Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
Assumed office
March 11, 1994
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Emilio M. Garza
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 115th district
In office
1983–1991
Succeeded by Leticia R. Van de Putte
Personal details
Born Orlando Luis Garcia
1952 (age 65–66)
Jim Wells County, Texas
Education University of Texas at Austin (B.A.)
University of Texas School of Law (J.D.)

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Education and careerEdit

Born in Jim Wells County, Texas, Garcia received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 1978. He was in private practice in San Antonio, Texas from 1978 to 1990, and a Texas state representative from 1983 to 1991. From 1991 to 1992 he was a judge of the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals.

Federal judicial serviceEdit

He was nominated by President Bill Clinton on November 19, 1993, to a seat which had been vacated by Emilio M. Garza over two years before. Garcia was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 10, 1994, and received his commission on March 11, 1994. He became Chief Judge on January 1, 2016.

Same-sex marriageEdit

On February 26, 2014 in San Antonio, Garcia overturned the Texas ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the prohibition is unconstitutional and stigmatizes the relationship of gay couples in the conservative state. He stayed his ruling pending appeal.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Guillermo Contreras (February 26, 2014). "Texas' ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional". San Antonio Express-News. 

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Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Unknown
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 115 (San Antonio)

1983–1991
Succeeded by
Leticia R. Van de Putte
Legal offices
Preceded by
Emilio M. Garza
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
1994–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Samuel Frederick Biery Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
2016–present