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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois|
|Appointed by:||Jimmy Carter|
|Active:||3/31/1979 - 10/4/1994|
|Chief:||1984 - 1991|
|Senior:||10/4/1994 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Henry Wise|
|Succeeded by:||Michael McCuskey|
|Past post:||Eastern District of Illinois|
|Past term:||9/23/1978 - 3/31/1979|
|Hometown:||Mt. Kisco, NY|
|Undergraduate:||U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, A.B., 1951|
|Law School:||U. of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1956|
|Military service:||U.S. Navy Lieutenant 1951 - 1953|
Harold A. Baker is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He joined the court in 1978 after being nominated by President Jimmy Carter.
Early life and education
Baker attended Columbia University-Chicago before transferring to the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana in which he earned his bachelor's degree in 1951 and his juris doctor degree in 1956. Baker also served in the US Navy from 1951 to 1953.
Before being appointed to the Federal Bench, Baker was a Private practice attorney in Champaign, IL from 1956 to 1978 the year of his federal judge appointment. Baker during his private practice tenure served as a Adjunct faculty member for the University of Illinois College of Law from 1972-1978 and also served as Senior counsel under the Gerald Ford Administration for the President's Commission on CIA Activities in the United States in 1975
Central District of Illinois
On the recommendation of Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III, Baker was nominated by Jimmy Carter on August 9, 1978 to a seat vacated by the retirement of Henry Wise. Baker was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 22, 1978, and received commission on September 23, 1978. Service terminated on March 31, 1979, due to assignment to another court. Baker's appointment happened under the former United States District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois. On March 31, 1979, the court was reassigned to the Central District as a new Illinois District was created that paved the way for the current Federal District Court alignment in the State of Illinois. Baker served as the court's chief judge from 1984 to 1991 before assuming senior status on October 4, 1994.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Central District of Illinois
|Magistrate judges||David Bernthal • Thomas Schanzle-Haskins • Jonathan E. Hawley •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|