Thomas Whelan

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Thomas Whelan
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
Title:   Senior Judge
Service:
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:   U. of San Diego, B.A., 1961
Law School:   U. 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

Early life and education

A native Californian, Whelan graduated from the University of San Diego with his bachelor's degree in 1961 and his Juris Doctorate degree in 1965.

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. In 1990, Whelan became a Superior Court Judge in the San Diego County Superior Court from 1990 to 1998.

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 John Rhoades as Rhoades assumed senior status. Whelhan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 21, 1998 on a majority voice vote and received commission on October 22, 1998[1].

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Rhoades
Southern District of California
1998–2010
Succeeded by:
Gonzalo P. Curiel


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