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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida|
|Station:||Tampa Bay, FL|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||9/10/2004 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Ralph Nimmons|
|Past post:||Florida Second District Court of Appeal|
|Home State:||Tampa, FL|
|Undergraduate:||U. of Tampa, B.A., 1976|
|Law School:||Georgetown U. Law, 1980|
|Grad. School:||U. of Tampa, M.B.A., 1977|
Early life and education
A Florida native, Covington graduated from the University of Tampa with her bachelor's degree and Master's of Business Administration in 1976 and 1977, respectively, and graduated from Georgetown University School of Law in 1980.
Covington started her legal career in 1980 in Washington, D.C. as a trial attorney for the Federal Trade Commission. She served there for a year before moving back to Florida to become a Assistant State's Attorney in Florida's Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. She served in this capacity from 1982 to 1983. In 1983, Covington joined the US Attorney's Office of Middle Florida where she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division from until 1988 and then as the Lead Attorney of the Asset Forfeiture Section in the Criminal Division from 1989 to 2001. In 2001, Covington was appointed to a seat on Florida's Second Circuit Court of Appeals by then Governor Jeb Bush. She held that seat until her appointment to the Federal Bench in 2004.
Middle District of Florida
Convington was nominated by President George W. Bush on April 20, 2004 to a judgeship vacated by Ralph Nimmons. Covington was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 7, 2004 on a senate vote and received commission on September 10, 2004.
Stringer case recusal
On July 23, 2009 Judge Covington recused herself from a case involving former Florida District Courts of Appeal judge Thomas Stringer because of her association with him. Covington sent a letter to the clerk of court asking the case to be re-assigned as they had served together in the Florida Court of Appeals from 2001 to 2004. Stringer was charged with hiding the assets of an exotic dancer, and pleaded guilty.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Middle District of Florida
Chief Judge: Anne Conway • Elizabeth Kovachevich • Steven Merryday • James Whittemore • John Steele • James S. Moody • Tim Corrigan • Virginia Covington • Marcia Howard • Mary Scriven • Sheri Chappell • Charlene Honeywell • Roy Bale Dalton, Jr. • Brian J. Davis
Patricia Fawsett • George Young • Howell Melton • William Castagna • John Moore • William Hodges • George Sharp • Harvey Schlesinger • Susan Bucklew • Henry Adams • Richard Lazzara • John Antoon • Gregory Presnell •
|Magistrate judges||Thomas G. Wilson • Thomas McCoun, III • David A. Baker • Elizabeth Jenkins • Mark Pizzo • Karla Spaulding • Doug Frazier • Thomas Morris • Greg Kelley • James Klindt • Monte Richardson • Anthony E. Porcelli • Joel Toomey • Philip Lammens •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|