A state supreme court justice will now serve as the next U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Texas. Justice Michael H. Schneider was approved for the position on Tuesday by the U.S. Senate. Schneider was nominated by President Bush in May to succeed late Chief Judge John Hannah Jr. Schneider had served as justice on the Supreme Court of Texas since 2002. He also served as Assistant District Attorney for Harris County. The Eastern District of Texas includes Longview, Marshall, and Tyler.