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William Nielsen
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Service:
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   5/14/1991 - 5/30/2003
Chief:   1995 - 2000
Senior:   5/30/2003 - Present
Preceded by:   Robert McNichols
Succeeded by:   Lonny Suko
Personal History
Born:   1934
Hometown:   Seattle, WA
Undergraduate:   University of Washington, B.A., 1956
Law School:   University of Washington School of Law, LL.B., 1962
Military service:   U.S. Air Force 1956 - 1959, First Lieutenant

William Fremming Nielsen is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. He joined the court in 1991 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Nielsen served as the chief judge of the court from 1995 to 2000 before assuming senior status on May 30, 2003.

Early life and education

A native of Washington State, Nielsen graduated from the University of Washington with his bachelor's degree in 1956 and his juris doctrate degree in 1962. Nielsen also served as a U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant from 1956 to 1959.[1]

Professional career

Nielsen began his career as a Law clerk for federal district judge Charles Powell for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington from 1963 to 1964 before spending the rest of legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Washington from 1964 to 1991.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Washington

Nielsen was nominated by George Bush on March 21, 1991 to a seat vacated by Robert McNichols as McNichols assumed senior status. Nielsen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 9, 1991 on a senate vote and received commission on May 14, 1991. Nielsen served as the chief judge of the court from 1995 to 2000 before assuming senior status on May 30, 2003.[1] Nielsen was succeeded in this position by Lonny Suko.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Robert McNichols
Eastern District of Washington
1991–2003
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Lonny Suko