The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas announced his resignation Friday from the position as one of 46 total federal appointees asked to resign.

“It has been a hallmark of my administration to ensure that our office lived up to the ideals of justice,” former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said in his resignation note. “I am confident that our office will continue to live up to these ideals.”

The Southern District of Texas spans from Houston and Galveston all the way to Laredo.

Friday’s move comes after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session requested the resignations of 46 U.S. attorneys that remained from the Barack Obama presidency.

“The request for U.S. attorneys to tender their resignation comes to all Senate-confirmed U.S. attorneys,” said Sarah Flores, director of public affairs for the U.S. Attorney General’s office. “Beyond that, we aren’t commenting.”

Magidson had been the federal attorney for the southern district since September of 2011, officials said. He was nominated in June of 2011 by Obama.

Before his time as a U.S. attorney, Magidson was appointed in 2008 to be the Harris County district attorney by then-Gov. Rick Perry.

Magidson is a graduate of the University of Maryland and has a law degree from South Texas College of Law.

It has been customary for U.S. attorneys to resign their offices with the arrival of a new president, but those resignations have typically been staggered.

Until a new U.S. attorney has been named full-time to the southern district of Texas, Magidson’s first assistant U.S. attorney Abe Martinez has been named the acting U.S. attorney, officials said.

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