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Kent Jordan
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Station:   Philadelphia, PA
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   12/13/2006 - Present
Preceded by:   Jane Roth
Past post:   District of Delaware
Past term:   2002 - 2006
Past position:   Seat #3
Personal History
Born:   1957
Hometown:   West Point, NY
Undergraduate:   Brigham Young U. '81
Law School:   Georgetown Law '84
Kent A. Jordan (b.1957) is a federal appeals judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He joined the Court in 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

Born in West Point, New York, Jordan graduated from Brigham Young University with his bachelor's degree in 1981 and later received a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown Law Center in 1984.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Jordan was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President George W. Bush on June 28, 2006, to a seat vacated by Jane Roth. Jordan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 8, 2006, on n Senate vote and received commission on December 13, 2006.[2]

District of Delaware

Jordan was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware by President George W. Bush on July 25, 2002, to a seat vacated by Roderick McKelvie. Jordan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 14, 2002, on a majority voice vote and received commission on November 15, 2002.[3] Jordan was succeeded in this position by Leonard Stark.

Awards and associations

Jordan is a member of the National Advisory Council of the American Judicature Society.[4]

Notable cases

Dismissal of suit over mandatory retirement age for PA judges affirmed (2014)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Lerner, at al v. Corbett, et al, 13-4184)

On April 29, 2014, a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit composed of Judges Jordan, Thomas Ambro, and Senior Judge Jane Roth, upheld a decision rendered by Judge John E. Jones, III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania to dismiss a suit brought by group of Pennsylvania judges challenging the state's retirement age law.[5]


In the underlying case, the plaintiff judges alleged that their forced retirement at the age of 70 was based on preconceived notions of senior citizens’ deteriorating cognitive abilities, relying heavily on the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Judge Jones found those arguments "unconvincing," further noting that the plaintiffs did not have a due process claim as they did not have a constitutionally protected property interest in continued judicial employment.[5]


In an opinion written by Judge Ambro, the plaintiff judges' claims were again rebuked, with Ambro stating that their Fourteenth Amendment rights had not been violated. Judge Ambro further noted that the plaintiffs' claims that opinions reached in the United States v. Windsor and Shelby County v. Holder cases before the Supreme Court of the United States served as intervening authority failed as a matter of law, as controlling precedent already existed.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Roderick McKelvie
District of Delaware
2002–2006
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Leonard Stark
Preceded by:
Jane Roth
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
2006–present
Succeeded by:
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