James Rodney Gilstrap
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas|
December 6, 2011
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Thad Heartfield|
|Born||1957 (age 57–58)
Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
|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
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. As an undergraduate he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned a Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law in 1981, where he was associate editor of the Baylor Law Review. He later served as president of the Baylor Law Alumni Association.
Federal judicial service
On May 19, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Gilstrap to a seat on United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
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. He received his commission on December 6, 2011.
- KCENTV (Dec 7, 2011). "Baylor Law Alumnus Rodney Gilstrap Confirmed as Federal Judge". Retrieved July 16, 2012.
- 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.
- Senate Executive Calendar
- James Rodney Gilstrap at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas