Sarah Evans Barker

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Sarah Evans Barker
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
Assumed office
June 30, 2014
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
In office
1994–2000
Preceded by Gene Edward Brooks
Succeeded by Larry J. McKinney
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
In office
March 14, 1984 – June 30, 2014
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Cale James Holder
Succeeded by James R. Sweeney II
United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana
In office
1981–1984
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Virginia Dill McCarty[1]
Succeeded by John Daniel Tinder
Personal details
Born 1943 (age 74–75)
Mishawaka, Indiana
Education Indiana University (B.S.)
Washington College of Law (J.D.)

Sarah Evans Barker (born 1943) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Mishawaka, Indiana, Barker received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in 1965 and a Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law in 1969. She was a legislative assistant for United States Representative Gilbert Gude in 1969 and for United States Senator Charles H. Percy from 1969 to 1971. She was a special counsel to the United States Senate Government Operations Committee, permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in Washington, D.C. from 1971 to 1972. She was a director of research and director of scheduling and advance to Senator Percy's re-election campaign in 1972. She then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Indiana from 1972 to 1976, and as a First Assistant United States Attorney from 1976 to 1977. She was in private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1977 to 1981. She was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana from 1981 to 1984.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On February 14, 1984, Barker was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana vacated by Judge Cale James Holder. Barker was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 13, 1984, and received her commission the following day, becoming the first female federal judge in Indiana.[2] [3] She served as Chief Judge from 1994 to 2000. Barker assumed senior status effective June 30, 2014.[4]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Cale James Holder
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
1984–2014
Succeeded by
James R. Sweeney II
Preceded by
Gene Edward Brooks
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
1994–2000
Succeeded by
Larry J. McKinney