Jeffrey R. Howard

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Jeffrey Robert Howard
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Assumed office
June 16, 2015
Preceded by Sandra Lynch
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 H. Stahl
Personal details
Born Jeffrey Robert Howard
(1955-11-04) November 4, 1955 (age 61)
Claremont, New Hampshire
Education Plymouth State College B.A.
Georgetown University Law Center J.D.

Jeffrey Robert Howard (born November 4, 1955) is the Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Biography[edit]

Howard graduated from Plymouth State College (now Plymouth State University) in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and he received a Juris Doctor 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.

Federal judicial service[edit]

In September 2001, Howard was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by President George W. Bush. He was confirmed 99-0 by the United States Senate on April 23, 2002.[2] He was Bush's only appointee to the First Circuit to be confirmed.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Sandra Lynch
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
2015–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Norman H. Stahl
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
2002–present