Joseph H. Gale

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Joseph H. Gale
Judge of the United States Tax Court
Assumed office
October 18, 2011
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byhimself
In office
February 6, 1996 – February 5, 2011
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byEdna G. Parker
Succeeded byhimself
Personal details
Born1953 (age 66–67)
Virginia, U.S.
EducationPrinceton University (A.B.)
University of Virginia (J.D.)

Joseph H. Gale (born 1953, in Virginia) is a Judge of the United States Tax Court.

He holds an Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Princeton University and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980. After five years in private practice, he became an adviser to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and later held several positions in service to the United States Senate Committee on Finance until 1996.

He was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a judge on the United States Tax Court on February 6, 1996, for a term ending February 5, 2011. He was reappointed by President Barack Obama on July 8, 2011.[1]

Gale is the first openly gay male appointed to the federal bench.[2]


  • Associate Attorney, Dewey Ballantine, Washington, DC, and New York, 1980–83
  • Associate Attorney, Dickstein, Shapiro and Morin, Washington, DC, 1983–85
  • Tax Legislative Counsel for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, (D-NY), 1985–88
  • Administrative Assistant and Tax Legislative Counsel, 1989; Chief Counsel, 1990–93
  • Chief Tax Counsel, Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate, 1993–95
  • Minority Chief Tax Counsel, Senate Finance Committee, January 1995-July 1995
  • Minority Staff Director and Chief Counsel, Senate Finance Committee, July 1995-January 1996;


  • District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation.


  1. ^ "President Obama Nominates Joseph H. Gale to the United States Tax Court". July 8, 2011.
  2. ^ Out Officials - The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute Archived 2007-09-07 at the Wayback Machine

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Preceded by
Edna G. Parker
Judge of the United States Tax Court
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Judge of the United States Tax Court