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Amid a remarkable backdrop of over 15 state district and county court judges in attendance, Hidalgo County Commissioners Court recognized 332nd State District Court Judge Mario E. Ramirez, Jr. for achieving a momentous milestone and completing his 30th year as Judge of the 332nd Court and a total of 33 on the bench. Judge Ramirez, a native of Roma, Texas, is Hidalgo County's Senior Judge and is currently the longest-serving, currently-presiding Judge in Hidalgo County and in the 5th Region of the State of Texas.
Judge Ramirez graduated from Rio Grande City High School in 1968, attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1972, and attended St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1974.
Judge Ramirez began his career as an attorney for the Department of Public Welfare in 1975 and later opened a private practice. In 1980, Judge Ramirez was appointed by Hidalgo County Commissioners Court as Judge of County Court at Law #2, beginning his tenure serving Hidalgo County residents. In 1981, Judge Ramirez was appointed by then-Governor Mark White as State District Court Judge of the newly-created 332nd State District Court. On January 1, 1983, Judge Ramirez began his long and illustrious occupancy in this particular courtroom and has been the sole officeholder of the Court since its inception.
Judge Ramirez's lifelong career as a public servant has had numerous honors and recognitions to his name. He is a diligent advocate for the protection and improvement of life for youth and presently serves as the judicial overseer of the Hidalgo County Juvenile Probation Department, and in 2009, became the namesake of the newly expanded Mario E. Ramirez Jr. Juvenile Justice Center, a short-term stay facility for 96 male and female juveniles to help better and steer them away from a life of crime.
Judge Ramirez is married to Noelia Ramirez; they have three children, Melissa Ramirez, Rebecca Ramirez Stocker, and Mario Eduardo Ramirez.
When presented with the resolution, Judge Ramirez humbly and graciously thanked Commissioners Court and his colleagues for being part of such a joyous occasion. Judge Ramirez, was accompanied by his wife Noelia Ramirez, daughter Rebecca Ramirez Stocker and his father Dr. Mario Ramirez Sr; Honorable District and County Court Judges as well as, County elected officials. Members of Judge Ramirez's court staff were also present, including Court Coordinator Tootsie Barrera, Assistant Court Coordinator Damian Carranza, Court Reporter Regina Vasquez and Bailiff/Interpreter Joe Perez.
Also in attendance were most of Hidalgo County's state district and county court judges, all wearing their judicial robes; they attended the ceremony as a demonstration of respect and admiration for Judge Ramirez to witness and celebrate the occasion.
On behalf of Hidalgo County, Commissioners Court congratulated Judge Ramirez Jr., for his tremendous accomplishments throughout his legal and judicial career, for his leadership and commitment to improving the lives of youth, and for his dedication to serving the citizens of Hidalgo County and the State of Texas.