On May 20, 2014, District Judge Gregg Costa was confirmed to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Costa, nominated in December, replaces Judge Fortunado Benavides.
Judge Costa joined the federal judiciary in 2012 as a member of the Houston-based Southern District of Texas; he was stationed in Galveston. Before his appointment, Judge Costa was a lead prosecutor in the US Attorney's Office for Texas' Southern District in the case against R. Allen Stanford, who was eventually convicted in the second-largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. Judge Costa is a native of Richardson and graduated from Dartmouth College. At the University of Texas law school, he served as editor in chief of the Texas Law Review. He also clerked for US Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist in 2001 and 2002.