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Benavides, Fortunato Pedro
Born 1947 in Mission, TX

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by William J. Clinton on January 27, 1994, to a seat vacated by Thomas Gibbs Gee. Confirmed by the Senate on May 6, 1994, and received commission on May 9, 1994. Assumed senior status on February 3, 2012.

University of Houston, B.B.A., 1968
University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1972

Professional Career:
Private practice, McAllen, Texas, 1972-1977, 1980-1981, 1993-1994
Judge, Hidalgo County [Texas] Court-at-Law Number Two, 1977-1979
Judge, Hidalgo County [Texas] Ninety-Second District Court, 1981-1984
Justice, Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas, 1984-1991
Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1991-1992
Visiting judge, Supreme Court of Texas, 1993


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