John Smoak

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John Smoak
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Station:   Panama City
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   11/3/2005 - Present
Preceded by:   Clyde Vinson
Personal History
Born:   1943
Hometown:   Columbus, GA
Undergraduate:   West Point, B.A., 1965
Law School:   University of Florida Law, J.D., 1972
Military service:   U.S. Army 1965-1970
John Richard Smoak, Jr. is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. He joined the court in 2005 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Prior to appointment, Smoak was a private practice attorney in Florida.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Columbus, Georgia, Smoak graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point with his bachelor's degree in 1965 and later graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with his Juris Doctor, J.D. degree in 1972.[1]

Professional career

Smoak was a private practice attorney in the State of Florida from 1973 to 2005.[1]

Military service

Smoak served on active duty in the United States Army from 1965 to 1970.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Florida

On the recommendation of Senator Mel Martinez, Smoak was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida by President George W. Bush on June 8, 2005, to a seat vacated by Clyde Vinson as Vinson assumed senior status. Smoak was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 27, 2005 on a Senate vote and received commission on November 3, 2005.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Clyde Vinson
Northern District of Florida
2005–Current
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
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