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Caldwell, Karen K.

Born 1956 in Stanford, KY

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
Nominated by George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, to a seat vacated by Henry R. Wilhoit, Jr. Confirmed by the Senate on October 23, 2001, and received commission on October 24, 2001. Served as chief judge, 2012-2019.

Transylvania University, B.A., 1977
University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 1980

Professional Career:

Field claims representative, State Farm Fire & Casualty, 1980-1987
Adjunct professor, Eastern Kentucky University, 1984-1985, 1987
Assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1987-1990
U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 1991-1993
Private practice, Kentucky, 1993-2001
Adjunct professor, Transylvania University, 2000
Member, U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, 2018-present; chair, 2019-present

Other Nominations/Recess Appointments:

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, August 2, 2001; no Senate vote