Thomas I. Vanaskie
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit|
April 26, 2010
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Franklin Van Antwerpen|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania|
February 10, 1994 – April 26, 2010
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Succeeded by||Matthew Brann|
|Born||1953 (age 59–60)
Shamokin, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||Lycoming College
Thomas Ignatius Vanaskie (born 1953) is a United States circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. From February 10, 1994 to April 26, 2010, he served as a United States district judge on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He was confirmed to the Circuit Court of Appeals on April 21, 2010, and was commissioned April 26.
Early life and education, and professional career
Born in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, Vanaskie received a B.A. from Lycoming College in 1975 and earned a J.D. from Dickinson School of Law in 1978. He was a law clerk for United States District Judge William Joseph Nealon Jr. on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 1978 to 1980. Vanaskie worked in private legal practice in Scranton, Pennsylvania from 1980 to 1994.
Federal judicial service
On November 17, 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Vanaskie to a seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania that was created by 104 Stat. 5089. Vanaskie was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 10, 1994, and received his commission on February 11, 1994. Vanaskie served as chief judge from 1999-2006.
Nomination to the Third Circuit
On August 6, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Vanaskie to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that was created when Judge Franklin Stuart Van Antwerpen took senior status in 2006. On November 5, 2009, Judge Vanaskie's nomination was considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was reported to the full Senate by the committee on December 3, 2009.
- President Obama Nominates Jane Stranch for United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Judge Thomas Vanaskie for United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, whitehouse.gov (August 7, 2009).
- Thomas I. Vanaskie at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|New seat||Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Franklin Van Antwerpen
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit