Harlingen Recognizes Homegrown Newly Appointed U.S. District Judge

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Harlingen native, Fernando Rodriguez, Jr. was recognized by the Harlingen City Commission during a regularly scheduled meeting on August 15. The newly appointed United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas was nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June. 

Judge Rodriguez graduated from Harlingen High School in 1987, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Yale University, and a Juris Doctor Degree at the University of Texas School of Law. 

On behalf of the City of Harlingen, Mayor Chris Boswell congratulated him and presented him with a proclamation declaring August 15, 2018 as “Honorable Judge Fernando Rodriguez, Jr. Day.”

Joined by two staff members, Judge Rodriguez thanked the Mayor and Commissioners for the recognition saying he still has family in Harlingen and is excited about the opportunity to spend more time in his hometown. 

Rodriguez has filled the federal vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Andrew S. Hanen. 

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