HOUSTON – Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal has
sworn in Ryan K. Patrick as the 23rd presidentially-appointed United States
Attorney for the Southern District of Texas (SDTX). He began his duties
immediately. As the United States Attorney for the SDTX, Patrick is the chief
law enforcement officer responsible for prosecuting and defending the interests
of the United States in the seventh largest district in the nation.
Patrick, of Houston, took the oath of office at 8:45 a.m.
today before an audience including Judge Rosenthal’s staff, federal court
personnel and Assistant U.S. Attorneys and staff. Upon administering the oath,
Judge Rosenthal noted his energy, commenting that as soon as receiving his
Presidential commission, Patrick called her saying, “I’m ready. When can we do
Information about a possible media availability will be
provided at a later date.
President Trump nominated Patrick to serve as U.S. Attorney
for this district on Nov. 2, 2017, upon the recommendation of U.S. Senators
John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. The full Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment
on Dec. 20, 2017.
Patrick began his a career as an Assistant District Attorney
in Harris County. During that time, he was responsible for the prosecution of
narcotics trafficking cases and illegal pill mill operations in the Major
In 2012, then Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Patrick to
be a judge at the 177th state district court. He was elected to a full
four-year-term in 2012.
Prior to his current position, Patrick was in private
practice, serving as the managing partner of The Law Office of Ryan Patrick
PLLC and senior counsel with HooverSlovacek LLC where he focused on felony
criminal defense work.
In swearing Patrick in today, Judge Rosenthal noted the job
would not be an easy one, stating that the SDTX is not an easy district. She
explained that the SDTX is on the front lines due to geography, time and
politics which was never more true than it is now. She further commented that
the job is one of the most challenging out there, but told the audience that
“he is good to go!”
The SDTX, 7th largest in terms of personnel, typically prosecutes more cases against more
defendants than most other USAOs
nationwide, representing 43 counties and 8.3 million people and covering 44,000
square miles. This district currently comprises seven U.S. District Court
divisions with federal district courts in Houston, Galveston, Victoria, Corpus
Christi, Brownsville, McAllen and Laredo. The United States Attorney's office,
headquartered in Houston, has five additional branch offices in Corpus Christi,
Brownsville, McAllen, Laredo and Victoria to staff all seven divisions.