Robert James Jonker

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Robert James Jonker
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
Assumed office
2015
Preceded byPaul Lewis Maloney
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
Assumed office
July 16, 2007
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byGordon Jay Quist
Personal details
Born
Robert James Jonker

(1960-03-09) March 9, 1960 (age 59)
Holland, Michigan
EducationCalvin College (B.A.)
University of Michigan Law School (J.D.)

Robert James Jonker (born March 9, 1960) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Holland, Michigan, Jonker received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in 1982 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1985. He was a law clerk for Judge John F. Feikens of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, from 1985 to 1987. He was in private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1987 to 2007.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On March 19, 2007, Jonker was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan vacated by Gordon Jay Quist. Jonker was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 9, 2007, and received his commission on July 16, 2007. He became Chief Judge in 2015.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Gordon Jay Quist
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
2007–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Paul Lewis Maloney
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
2015–present