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Thomas Whelan

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This is the page for the federal judge of the Southern District of California. If you are looking for the New York supreme court justice, please see: Thomas F. Whelan.
Thomas Whelan
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
Title:   Senior Judge
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   10/22/1998 - 8/15/2010
Senior:   8/15/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   John Rhoades
Succeeded by:   Gonzalo P. Curiel
Personal History
Born:   1940
Hometown:   San Diego, CA
Undergraduate:   University of San Diego, B.A., 1961
Law School:   University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1965

Thomas Whelan is a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. He joined the court in 1998 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Whelan assumed senior status on August 15, 2010.[1]


Whelan graduated from the University of San Diego with his bachelor's degree in 1961 and his J.D. degree in 1965.[1]

Professional career

Whelhan began his legal career as a contracts administrator, planner, and estimator for General Dynamics Corp., from 1961 to 1969 before becoming deputy district attorney for San Diego County from 1969 to 1989. Whelan was a judge on the San Diego County Superior Court from 1990 to 1998.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of California

On the recommendations of U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstien and Barbara Boxer, Whelhan was nominated by Bill Clinton on June 4, 1998, to a seat vacated by Judge John Rhoades. Whelhan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 21, 1998, on a majority voice vote and received commission on October 22, 1998.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Rhoades
Southern District of California
Succeeded by:
Gonzalo P. Curiel

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