Fernando J. Gaitan Jr.

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Fernando Joe Gaitan Jr.
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Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
Assumed office
January 3, 2014
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
In office
2007–2014
Preceded byDean Whipple
Succeeded byDavid Gregory Kays
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
In office
August 2, 1991 – January 3, 2014
Appointed byGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byRussell Gentry Clark
Succeeded byStephen R. Bough
Personal details
Born
Fernando Joe Gaitan Jr.

(1948-08-22) August 22, 1948 (age 74)
Kansas City, Kansas
EducationPittsburg State University (BS)
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (JD)

Fernando Joe Gaitan Jr. (born August 22, 1948) is a Senior United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Gaitan graduated from Sumner High School in Kansas City, Kansas in 1966. Gaitan attended Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas from 1967 to 1968 and received a Bachelor of Science from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas in 1970 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1974.[1]

Career[edit]

Gaitan was an attorney for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company from 1974 to 1980. He was a judge on the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri from 1980 to 1986, and then on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, until 1991.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On May 16, 1991, Gaitan was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri vacated by Russell Gentry Clark. Gaitan was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 18, 1991, and received his commission on August 2, 1991. He served as Chief Judge from 2007 to 2014. He took senior status on January 3, 2014.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gaitan, Fernando J., Jr. - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.

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Legal offices
Preceded by Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
1991–2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
2007–2014
Succeeded by