Steven Colloton

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Steven Colloton
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Assumed office
September 10, 2003
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by David Hansen
Personal details
Born Steven Michael Colloton
(1963-01-09) January 9, 1963 (age 54)
Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.
Education Princeton University (BA)
Yale University (JD)

Steven Michael Colloton (born January 9, 1963) is a federal judge who has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit since 2003.


Colloton was born in Iowa City, Iowa. He is the son of John W. Colloton, best known for his service as Director and CEO for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 1971 to 1993. Colloton is also the brother of Ann Colloton, an All-American athlete who swam for the University of Michigan swim team (1987–1990). Both Steven and Ann attended public high school in Iowa City, Iowa at West High School. Steven's other sister, Laura Colloton Geissler is a reading specialist in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Education and legal training[edit]

Colloton earned his A.B. from Princeton University in 1985 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1988. While at Yale, Colloton served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1988 to 1989. He was then a law clerk for United States Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist from 1989 to 1990.

Professional career[edit]

Colloton served as a special assistant to the attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel within the U.S. Justice Department from 1990 to 1991. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Iowa from 1991 to 1999. From 1995 to 1996 he was an associate independent counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr. He was in private practice in Iowa from 1999 to 2001 and served as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Iowa College of Law in 2000. After George W. Bush's election in 2000, Colloton was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa and served until 2003.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Colloton was nominated to the Eighth Circuit by President George W. Bush on February 12, 2003, to a seat vacated by David R. Hansen. He was confirmed nearly seven months later by a vote of 94-1 by the Senate on September 4, 2003, and received his commission on September 10, 2003. He is on President of the United States Donald Trump's list of twenty-one potential Supreme Court justices.[1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
David Hansen
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit