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Jeffrey R. Howard

Jeffrey Howard
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Assumed office
June 16, 2015
Preceded by Sandra Lynch
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Assumed office
May 3, 2002
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Norman Stahl
Personal details
Born (1955-11-05) November 5, 1955
Claremont, New Hampshire, U.S.
Alma mater Plymouth State University
Georgetown University

Jeffrey Robert Howard (born November 5, 1955) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.


  • Biography 1
  • Political career 2
  • Federal judicial service 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Howard graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981.

After law school, Howard was an attorney in the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, rising to become Deputy Attorney General.

Political career

In 1989, he was appointed by Republican President United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire.

In 1993, he left that position to become the New Hampshire Attorney General, nominated by Republican Governor Steve Merrill.[1] He served as Attorney General until 1997, when he stepped down, allowing Democratic Governor Jeanne Shaheen to nominate Philip McLaughlin. After serving as attorney general, Howard went back to private practice.

Federal judicial service

In September 2001, Howard was nominated to the U.S. 1st Court of Appeals by President U.S. Senate on April 23, 2002. He was Bush's only appointee to the First Circuit to be confirmed.


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External links

Legal offices
Preceded by
Norman Stahl
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Preceded by
Sandra Lynch
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
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