Michael B. Thornton

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Michael Thornton
Chief Judge of the United States Tax Court
Incumbent
Assumed office
August 7, 2013
Preceded by Himself
In office
June 1, 2012 – March 7, 2013
Preceded by John Colvin
Succeeded by Himself
Judge of the United States Tax Court
Incumbent
Assumed office
August 7, 2013
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Himself
In office
March 8, 1998 – March 7, 2013
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Lapsley Hamblem
Succeeded by Himself
Personal details
Born (1954-02-09) February 9, 1954 (age 60)
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Alma mater University of Southern Mississippi
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Duke University

Michael B. Thornton (born Mississippi, 1954) is a judge of the United States Tax Court.

Education[edit]

Thornton graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.S. in Accounting in 1976. In 1977, he graduated from the same school with a M.S. in Accounting. In 1979, he graduated with a M.A. in English literature from the University of Tennessee. In 1982, he graduated with distinction with a J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law, where he served on the Duke Law Journal, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He served as law clerk to Charles Clark, Chief Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1983-1984.

Thornton was appointed by President Bill Clinton as Judge, United States Tax Court, on March 8, 1998 for a fifteen-year term ending March 7, 2013. He has served as Chief Judge since 2012. He was subsequently renominated by President Barack Obama on May 9, 2013 for an additional fifteen-year term, which was confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2013.

Accomplishments and employment[edit]

  • He has a daughter named Kaley.

References[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Lapsley Hamblem
Judge of the United States Tax Court
1998–2013
Succeeded by
Himself
Preceded by
John Colvin
Chief Judge of the United States Tax Court
2012–2013
Preceded by
Himself
Judge of the United States Tax Court
2013–present
Incumbent
Chief Judge of the United States Tax Court
2013–present