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 - Present
Chief:   2008 - 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:   U. of Kansas, B.A., 1971
Law School:   U. of Kansas Law, J.D., 1975

Kathryn Hoefer Vratil is a federal judge 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 serves as the Chief Judge of the Court.[1]

Early life and education

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

Professional career

Vratil was a law clerk for former federal judge, Earl O'Connor in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas from 1975 to 1978. From 1978 to 1992, Vratil was a private practice attorney in the State of Kansas, and also served as a Municipal Court Judge in the City of Prairie Village, Kansas from 1990 to 1992.[1]

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 Earl O`Connor. Vratil was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 8, 1992 on a Senate vote and received commission on October 9, 1992.[2] Vratil became the chief judge of the court in 2008.[1]

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.[3]

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