Jeffrey R. Howard

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Jeffrey Howard
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Assumed office
May 3, 2002
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Norman Stahl
Personal details
Born (1955-11-05) November 5, 1955 (age 59)
Claremont, New Hampshire, U.S.
Alma mater Plymouth State University
Georgetown University

Jeffrey Robert Howard (born November 5, 1955) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.


Howard graduated from Plymouth State College in 1978 with a B.A., and he received a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1981.

After law school, Howard was an attorney in the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, rising to become Deputy Attorney General.

Political career[edit]

In 1989, he was appointed by Republican President George H.W. Bush to become United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire.

In 1993, he left that position to become the New Hampshire Attorney General, nominated by Republican Governor Steve Merrill.[1] He served as Attorney General until 1997, when he stepped down, allowing Democratic Governor Jeanne Shaheen to nominate Philip McLaughlin. After serving as attorney general, Howard went back to private practice.

U.S. Circuit court[edit]

In September 2001, Howard was nominated to the U.S. 1st Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush. He was confirmed 99-0 by the U.S. Senate on April 23, 2002. He was Bush's only appointee to the First Circuit to be confirmed.


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Legal offices
Preceded by
Norman Stahl
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit