J. Marvin Jones Federal Building and Mary Lou Robinson United States Courthouse
WASHINGTON- U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) sponsored H.R. 5772, to rename the J. Marvin Jones Federal Building and Courthouse in Amarillo, Texas as the “J. Marvin Jones Federal Building and Mary Lou Robinson United States Courthouse.” The House passed H.R. 5772 by voice vote.
“Judge Robinson is a legal pioneer who is universally respected and admired. She has always set high standards for herself and others, and our system of justice has benefitted,”said Rep. Thornberry. “Having the name of these two outstanding public servants on our federal building and courthouse will be a perpetual reminder of their high standards and outstanding contributions to our nation.”
If enacted, this would be the first federal courthouse named after a woman within a five-state area.
Judge Mary Lou Robinson has been a valued member of the Amarillo community for nearly 70 years. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, she moved to Amarillo to work in a private practice until she was appointed judge of the County Court in Potter County. From there, she was elected judge of the 108th District Court in Amarillo from 1961-1972. In 1973, she was appointed justice of the Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo, making her the first female appellate judge in Texas. She was appointed Chief Justice of that court in 1977 and continued to serve as Chief Justice until her appointment by President Jimmy Carter to the federal bench.
Judge Robinson’s name would join that of J. Marvin Jones. Mr. Jones was born in Cooke County in 1882 and served our country in World War I. He continued to serve our country as a Member of Congress from 1917-1940. Following his role in Congress, he became a judge of the United States Court of Claims in 1945, serving as Chief Judge from 1947-1964. In 1976, he was appointed as senior judge and remained active until his death in Amarillo.