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Amos Louis Mazzant III (born 1965) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and former United States Magistrate Judge of the same court.
Mazzant was born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in 1987 from the University of Pittsburgh. He received a Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Baylor Law School. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Paul Neeley Brown of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas from 1990 to 1992. From 1992 to 1993, he worked at the law firm of Henderson, Bryant & Wolfe. He served as a law clerk to Magistrate Judge Robert Faulkner from 1993 to 2003 and Magistrate Judge Don D. Bush in 2003, both in the Eastern District of Texas. From 2003 to 2004, he was of counsel at Wolfe, Tidwell & McCoy, LLP. He served as a justice on the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas, from 2004 to 2009. From 2009 to 2014, he served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Texas.
Federal judicial service
On June 26, 2014, President Obama nominated Mazzant to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, to the seat vacated by Judge T. John Ward, who retired on October 1, 2011. He received a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary for September 9, 2014. On November 20, 2014 his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote. On Saturday, December 13, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a motion to invoke cloture on the nomination. On December 16, 2014, Reid withdrew his cloture motion on Mazzant's nomination, and the Senate proceeded to vote to confirm Mazzant in a voice vote. He received his federal judicial commission on December 19, 2014.
On October 7, 2016, Judge Mazzant conditionally dismissed securities fraud charges filed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. On November 22, Judge Mazzant issued a nationwide injunction blocking a regulation by President Barack Obama attempting to double and periodically increase the maximum salary where overtime is required.