Michael J. Truncale
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas|
May 16, 2019
|Born||August 30, 1957|
Beaumont, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Lamar University (BA)|
University of North Texas (MBA)
Dedman School of Law (JD)
Michael Joseph Truncale (born August 30, 1957) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Truncale was born in 1957 in Beaumont, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Lamar University in 1978, his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Texas in 1980, and his Juris Doctor from the Dedman School of Law in 1985.
From 1985 to 2019, he was an associate turned partner at Orgain Bell & Tucker.
Governor of Texas Rick Perry appointed Truncale a Regent of the Texas State University System for a four-year term and Governor Greg Abbott appointed him to a six-year term as a member of the state Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board.
In 2012, Truncale ran as a Republican for Texas's 14th congressional district, which was an open seat due to Ron Paul's retirement. He garnered 14.2% in the Republican primary, taking third place to Pearland City Councilwoman Felicia Harris and state Representative Randy Weber, the eventual winner.
On January 23, 2018, President Trump nominated Truncale to the seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas vacated by Judge Ron Clark, who had previously announced his decision to assume senior status on February 28, 2018. On April 25, 2018, a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee. On May 24, 2018, his nomination was reported out of committee by an 11-10 vote.
Under questioning by Democratic U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, Truncale, who previously served as an election judge in Texas, said he had personally witnessed incidents of voter fraud. Hirono challenged him, saying that she did not believe the problem of voter fraud to be widespread.
On January 3, 2019, his nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate. On January 23, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to renominate Truncale for a federal judgeship. His nomination was sent to the Senate later that day. On February 7, 2019, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 12-10 vote. On May 13, 2019, the U.S. Senate voted to invoke cloture by a vote of 49-43. On May 14, 2019, his nomination was confirmed by the Senate in a 49-46 vote. Senator Mitt Romney cast the sole Republican vote against him, ascribing his opposition to Truncale calling President Obama an "un-American imposter" in 2011. Truncale said he was "merely expressing frustration by what I perceived as a lack of overt patriotism on behalf of President Obama.'" He received his judicial commission on May 16, 2019.
|Republican||Michael J. Truncale||6,212||14.18%|
|Republican||Mark A. Mansius||554||1.26%|