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Kathryn Vratil

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Kathryn Vratil
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Kansas
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #2T
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   10/9/1992-4/22/2014
Chief:   2008-2014
Senior:   4/22/2014-Present
Preceded by:   Earl O'Connor
Past post:   Municipal Court Judge, Prairie Village, KS
Past term:   1990-1992
Personal History
Born:   1949
Hometown:   Manhattan, KS
Undergraduate:   University of Kansas, 1971
Law School:   University of Kansas Law, 1975

Kathryn Hoefer Vratil is a federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. She joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Vratil also served as the Chief Judge of the court from 2008 until taking senior status on April 22, 2014.[1]


Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Vratil graduated from the University of Kansas with her bachelor's degree in 1971 and her J.D. degree in 1975.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

District of Kansas

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Bob Dole, Vratil was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Kansas by President George H.W. Bush on July 28, 1992, to a seat vacated by Judge Earl O'Connor. Vratil was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 8, 1992, and received commission on October 9, 1992.[2] Vratil became the chief judge of the court in 2008.[1] Vratil assumed senior status on April 22, 2014, after 21 years on the bench.[3]

Congressional oath of office

On January 24, 2013, Vratil administered the oath of office to Representative Kevin Yoder at the beginning of his new term.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Earl O'Connor
District of Kansas
Seat #2T
Succeeded by:

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