Jaime Tijerina appointed to new 464th district court

Former 93rd state District Judge Jaime Tijerina will preside over the newly created 464th judicial district, according to a news release issued Monday.

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Tijerina for a term that expires on Dec. 31, 2020 or until someone is elected to the seat.

The 464th court was established through the passage of Senate Bill 1329 in 2017, which called for the creation of the court to be effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Abbott previously appointed Tijerina, who is also the former deputy city attorney for the city of Mission, to the 93rd district court in June 2018 where he served until January.

That appointment was meant to fill the vacancy left by Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, who stepped down amid a federal indictment last year. Delgado faces eight federal charges for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for judicial favors in his courtroom.

At the time, both Tijerina and Delgado were running for the Place 4 seat on the 13th Court of Appeals as the Republican and Democratic candidate, respectively.

Delgado ultimately won the seat in November but, in light of his indictment, was suspended by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct shortly after he was sworn in earlier this month.

Tijerina also served as the 92nd district court judge after then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the post in October 2013 to fill the vacancy left by former Judge Ricardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez had retired at the time to make his successful bid for district attorney.

Tijerina occupied the role through December 2014 after he lost the election to Luis Singleterry, the democrat on the ballot.

Tijerina currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves’ Judge Advocate General’s Corps and is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the release.

His appointment to the 464th court is subject to senate confirmation.