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Revision as of 19:06, 8 March 2012

Mark Raymond Hornak
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   10/19/2011 - Current
Preceded by:   Donetta Ambrose
Personal History
Born:   1956
Hometown:   Homestead, PA
Undergraduate:   U. of Pittsburgh '78
Law School:   U. of Pittsburgh Law '81

Mark Raymond Hornak is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He joined the court in 2011 with an appointment from Barack Obama. Prior to appointment, he was a partner at the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC and has held the position since 1989.

Early life and education

Hornak received a B.S. from University of Pittsburgh in 1978 and a juris doctorate degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1981.[1]

Professional career

  • Law clerk, Hon. James M. Sprouse, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1981-1982[2]
  • Adjunct professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1989-1993
  • Private practice, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1982-2011

Judicial career

Western District of Pennsylvania

On December 1, 2010 President Obama nominated Hornak to the seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania vacated by Donetta Ambrose.[2] [1]

President Obama had this to say about the nominations made on December 1, 2010, “These outstanding candidates have shown an unwavering commitment to justice throughout their careers. They all have long and distinguished records of service, and I am pleased to nominate them to continue serving the American people on the District Court bench.” [1]

Hornak received a rating of "Unanimously Well Qualified" from the American Bar Association. [3]

Judiciary committee hearing

Committee Questionnaire Available Here

His hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee occurred on June 22, 2011. [3]

Nomination returned to President

Hornak's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th congress.

Nomination resubmitted

President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011.


The Senate Judiciary committee recommended Hornak on July 21, 2011 and he was confirmed by a Senate voice vote on October 19, 2011.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Donetta Ambrose
Western District of Pennsylvania
Seat #6
Succeeded by: