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Murphy, Diana E.
Born 1934 in Faribault, MN

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
Nominated by Jimmy Carter on November 30, 1979, to a new seat authorized by 92 Stat. 1629. Confirmed by the Senate on February 20, 1980, and received commission on February 20, 1980. Served as chief judge, 1992-1994. Service terminated on October 13, 1994, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Nominated by William J. Clinton on July 28, 1994, to a seat vacated by John R. Gibson. Confirmed by the Senate on October 7, 1994, and received commission on October 11, 1994. Assumed senior status on November 29, 2016.

University of Minnesota, B.A., 1954
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1974

Professional Career:
Private practice, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1974-1976
Judge, Hennepin County [Minnesota] Municipal Court, 1976-1978
Judge, Minnesota District Court, Fourth Judicial District, 1978-1980
Chair, U.S. Sentencing Commission, 1999-2004
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