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John Marten

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John Marten
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Kansas
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   1/4/1996-Present
Chief:   4/22/2014-Present
Preceded by:   Patrick Kelly
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Topeka, KS
Undergraduate:   Washburn U., B.A., 1973
Law School:   Washburn U. Law, J.D., 1976

John Thomas Marten is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. He joined the court in 1996 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Prior to appointment, Marten was a private practice attorney in Kansas.[1] On April 22,2014, Marten became the chief judge of the court.[2]

Early life and education

Marten graduated from Washburn University with both his bachelor's and Juris Doctorate degree in 1973 and in 1976.[1]

Professional career

Marten started out his legal career as a law clerk to former United States Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark from 1976 to 1977. Marten spent the remainder of his pre-judicial career in private practice in the State of Nebraska from 1977 to 1980, in Minnesota from 1980 to 1981, and in Kansas from 1981 to 1996.[1]

Judicial career

District of Kansas

Marten was nominated by President Bill Clinton on October 18, 1995, to a judgeship vacated by Patrick Kelly as Kelly went on senior status. Marten was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 2, 1996, and received commission on January 4, 1996.[1] He became the chief judge of the court on April 22, 2014, after Kathryn Vratil assumed senior status.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Patrick Kelly
District of Kansas
Seat #2
Succeeded by:

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