Steven J. McAuliffe
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|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire|
October 10, 1992 – April 1, 2013
|Appointed by||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Norman H. Stahl|
|Succeeded by||Landya B. McCafferty|
|Born||Steven James McAuliffe
March 3, 1948
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sharon Christa Corrigan
Kathleen E. Thomas
|Alma mater||Virginia Military Institute
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1973–1977 (active)
Steven James McAuliffe (born March 3, 1948) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. He is the widower of Christa McAuliffe, one of the victims of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
McAuliffe studied law at Georgetown University Law Center from 1970 to 1973. He was a captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps from 1973-77. From 1977-80, he was an assistant attorney general in New Hampshire. He was in private practice in Concord, New Hampshire, from 1980 until his appointment to the federal bench in 1992 by President George H. W. Bush. He became chief judge of the New Hampshire district in 2004 on the expiration of Paul J. Barbadoro's term as chief judge; he served in that capacity until 2011. He took senior status on April 1, 2013.
Originally from Massachusetts, McAuliffe now lives in Concord, New Hampshire, where he serves as a federal judge. He continues to serve as a founding director for the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. He has two children, Scott and Caroline, with his first wife, Christa; they were 9 and 6, respectively, when she died in 1986. In early 1992, he married Kathleen E. Thomas, a reading teacher for the Concord School District, and mother of two children.
- McAuliffe, SJ. Speech at the VMI class of 1994 ring ceremony
- "McAuliffe Widower Remarries". Associated Press.
- Steven J. McAuliffe at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
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