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Tharp, John Joseph, Jr.

Born 1960 in Camp Lejeune, NC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Nominated by Barack Obama on November 10, 2011, to a seat vacated by Blanche M. Manning. Confirmed by the Senate on May 14, 2012, and received commission on May 16, 2012.

Other Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, 2018-present

Duke University, B.A., 1982
Northwestern University School of Law (now Pritzker School of Law), J.D., 1990

Professional Career:

U.S. Naval Reserve, 1978-1980
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1980-1982, 1987-1988
U.S. Marine Corps, 1982-1987; second lieutenant, 1982-1984; first lieutenant, 1984-1987; captain, 1987
Law clerk, Hon. Joel M. Flaum, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1990-1991
Private practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1991-1992, 1997-2012
Assistant U.S. attorney, Northern District of Illinois, 1992-1997

Other Nominations/Recess Appointments:

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, July 31, 2008; no Senate vote