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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by:||William Nielsen|
|Succeeded by:||Sal Mendoza, Jr.|
|Undergraduate:||Washington State U., B.A., 1965|
|Law School:||University of Idaho College of Law, J.D., 1968|
Lonny R. Suko is a federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Suko assumed the position of chief judge July 13, 2009, and stepped down from that position in 2011. Suko retired from the court on November 1, 2013, and assumed the role of senior judge.
Early life and education
Suko began his legal career as a law clerk for federal district judge Charles Powell in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington from 1968 to 1969 before spending the rest of his legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Washington from 1969 to 1995.
Eastern District of Washington
Suko began his federal judicial career in 1971 as a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. Suko was re-appointed to four-year term extensions in 1975, 1979, 1983, and 1987 before stepping aside from part-time duty in 1991. Suko was re-appointed to a full eight-year term in 1995 and served in the role until 2003.
Suko was nominated by George W. Bush on April 28, 2003, to a seat vacated by William Nielsen as Nielsen assumed senior status. Suko was confirmed by the Senate on July 15, 2003 and received commission on July 16, 2003. Suko took senior status on November 1, 2013, after 10 years of service.
- Judge Suko's Biography at the Federal Judicial Center
- iFiberOneNews.com, "Both sides claim win, man awarded $3,842 for dog shot by deputy," March 12, 2014
- Seattle DogSpot blog, "Landmark decision holds former Grant County Deputy accountable for killing dog," March 11, 2014
|Federal judicial offices|
|Eastern District of Washington
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