James Rodney Gilstrap

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James Gilstrap
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 6, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Thad Heartfield
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 56–57)
Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Spouse(s) Sherry Sullivan
Alma mater Baylor University

James Rodney Gilstrap (born 1957) is an American lawyer and judge who serves on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Appointed by President Barack Obama, Gilstrap was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 5, 2011 and received his commission the following day.

Early life and education[edit]

Gilstrap was born in Pensacola, Florida. He is an Eagle Scout. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in 1978, where he graduated magna cum laude.[1] As an undergraduate he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned a Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law in 1981,[2] where he was associate editor of the Baylor Law Review. He later served as president of the Baylor Law Alumni Association.[1]

Federal judicial nomination[edit]

On May 19, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Gilstrap to a seat on United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.[2]

On September 15, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported his nomination to the Senate floor by voice vote.

The Senate confirmed his nomination by voice vote on December 5, 2011.[3] He received his commission on December 6, 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b KCENTV (Dec 7, 2011). "Baylor Law Alumnus Rodney Gilstrap Confirmed as Federal Judge". Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (May 19, 2011). "President Obama Nominates Three to the United States District Court". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ Senate Executive Calendar

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Thad Heartfield
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
2011–present
Incumbent