History of the Federal Judiciary

  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Rice, Thomas Owen
Born 1960 in Spokane, WA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
Nominated by Barack Obama on June 29, 2011, to a seat vacated by Robert H. Whaley. Confirmed by the Senate on March 6, 2012, and received commission on March 8, 2012.

Gonzaga University, B.B.A., 1983
Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1986

Professional Career:
Trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, 1986-1987
Assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Washington, 1987-2012; deputy chief, Criminal Division, 2000-2003; chief, Criminal Division, 2003-2006; first assistant U.S. attorney, 2006-2012


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