State District Judge Rolando Olvera, Jr.
State District Judge Rolando Olvera, Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama on Thursday nominated state District Judge Jose Rolando Olvera, Jr., of Brownsville to become a U.S. federal judge.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate Olvera would serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He is currently judge for the 445th state District Court. He was appointed to the position by Gov. Rick Perry when the Legislature created the court. However, he ran for election to the seat as a Democrat.

In a news release, the White House listed highlights from Olvera’s judicial and legal career:

“Judge Jose Rolando Olvera, Jr., has been the Presiding Judge of the Fifth Administrative Judicial Region of Texas since 2011 and the District Judge for the 445th District Court of Texas since 2009. From 2005 to 2006, he served as the District Judge for the 138th District Court of Texas, and from 2001 to 2002, he served as the District Judge for the 357th District Court of Texas. Judge Olvera also worked as a solo practitioner and served as a part-time Brownsville Municipal Court Judge from 2007 to 2008.From 2003 to 2004, he worked first as a solo practitioner and then with the law firm of Spain & Olvera. Judge Olvera worked in private practice at Fleming & Olvera, PC, and its predecessor firms from 1994 to 2000 and at Atlas & Hall LLP from 1990 to 1993. He received his J.D. in 1989 from the University of Texas School of Law and his B.A. in 1985 from Harvard University.”

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, has welcomed Obama’s nomination of Olvera.

“I would like to congratulate Judge Olvera on his nomination,” Vela said, in a statement issued Friday. “He has served South Texas well in his capacity as a State District Judge, and I believe that he will do an excellent job as a federal judge in Brownsville.”