Kevin H. Sharp
|Kevin Hunter Sharp|
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee|
October 1, 2014 – April 15, 2017
|Preceded by||William Joseph Haynes Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Waverly D. Crenshaw Jr.|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee|
May 3, 2011 – April 15, 2017
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Robert L. Echols|
|Born||Kevin Hunter Sharp
January 22, 1963
|Education||Mesa Community College A.A.
Christian Brothers University B.S.
Vanderbilt University Law School J.D.
Kevin Hunter Sharp (born January 22, 1963) is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Early life and education
Sharp was born on January 22, 1963, in Memphis, Tennessee. He earned an Associate of Arts from Mesa Community College in 1988. Sharp then received a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from Christian Brothers College (now known as Christian Brothers University) in 1990 and a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1993.
During the 111th Congress, Democrats from the Tennessee House delegation provided recommendations to the Obama White House for filling a vacancy on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Sharp, himself a Democrat, was included on the original list of recommendations, but the delegation ultimately recommended Nashville attorney Kathryn Barnett as its first choice. However, Sharp was the preferred choice of Republican Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.
Federal judicial service
On November 17, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Sharp to a judgeship on the Middle District of Tennessee. His nomination was for the seat vacated by Judge Robert L. Echols. On April 14, 2011, the Senate scheduled a vote on his nomination for May 2, 2011 and the Senate confirmed his nomination by a vote of 89 to 0. He received his commission on May 3, 2011. He has served as Chief Judge since October 1, 2014. On January 26, 2017, he sent a letter to President Trump resigning his judgeship effective April 15, 2017.
Sharp's former father-in-law, Lew Connor, is a prominent Republican fundraiser who has donated over forty thousand dollars to the campaigns and political action committees of Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.
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- United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary (November 15, 2010). "Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Kevin Hunter Sharp" (PDF). Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (November 17, 2010). "President Obama Nominates Six to the United States District Court, 11/17/10". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
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- Gee, Brandon (December 12, 2010). "Obama's judicial pick seen as snub to TN congressional Dems". The Tennessean. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
- Whitehouse, Ken (November 17, 2010). "Obama taps Nashville attorney Sharp for federal judgeship". NashvillePost.com. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
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- "Report: Chief federal judge stepping down - Nashville Post". Nashville Post.
Robert L. Echols
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
William Joseph Haynes Jr.
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
Waverly D. Crenshaw Jr.