United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
(E.D. Wash.)
Seal of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
Appeals to Ninth Circuit
Established March 2, 1905
Judges assigned 4
Chief judge Rosanna M. Peterson
Official site
Courthouse in 1965

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington (in case citations, E.D. Wash.) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises the following counties of the state of Washington: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima.

As of the 2000 census, 1.3 million people resided in the Eastern District, representing 22% of the state's population. The district includes the cities of Richland, Spokane, and Yakima, amongst others. Courts at Yakima are located at the William O. Douglas Federal Building.

Cases from the Eastern District of Washington are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current U.S. Attorney for the district is Michael C. Ormsby. He was appointed in 2009.


  • Current judges 1
  • Former judges 2
  • Succession of seats 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • External links 6

Current judges

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
20 Chief Judge Rosanna M. Peterson Spokane 1951 2010–present 2011–present Obama
21 District Judge Thomas O. Rice Spokane 1960 2012–present Obama
22 District Judge Stanley Allen Bastian Yakima 1958 2014–present Obama
23 District Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. Richland 1971 2014–present Obama
13 Senior Judge Justin Lowe Quackenbush Spokane 1929 1980–1995 1989–1995 1995–present Carter
15 Senior Judge William Fremming Nielsen Spokane 1934 1991–2003 1995–2000 2003–present G.H.W. Bush
16 Senior Judge Frederick L. Van Sickle Spokane 1943 1991–2008 2000–2005 2008–present G.H.W. Bush
17 Senior Judge Robert H. Whaley Spokane 1943 1995–2009 2005–2009 2009–present Clinton
18 Senior Judge Edward F. Shea Richland 1942 1998–2012 2012–present Clinton
19 Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko Yakima 1943 2003–2013 2009–2011 2013–present G.W. Bush

Former judges

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Whitson, EdwardEdward Whitson WA 1852–1910 1905–1910 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt death
2 Rudkin, Frank H.Frank H. Rudkin WA 1864–1931 1911–1923 Taft,Taft reappointment
3 Webster, J. StanleyJ. Stanley Webster WA 1877–1962 1923[1]–1939 1939–1962 Harding,Harding death
4 Black, Lloyd LlewellynLloyd Llewellyn Black WA 1889–1950 1940[2]–1950 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
5 Schwellenbach, Lewis B.Lewis B. Schwellenbach WA 1894–1948 1940–1945 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt resignation
6 Driver, Samuel MarionSamuel Marion Driver WA 1892–1958 1946–1958 1948–1958 Truman,Truman death
7 Lindberg, William JamesWilliam James Lindberg WA 1904–1981 1951–1961 Truman,Truman reassignment
8 Powell, Charles LawrenceCharles Lawrence Powell WA 1902–1975 1959–1972 1959–1972 1972–1975 Eisenhower,Eisenhower death
9 Goodwin, William NelsonWilliam Nelson Goodwin WA 1909–1975 1966–1975 1972–1973 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
10 Neill, Marshall AllenMarshall Allen Neill WA 1914–1979 1972–1979 1973–1979 Nixon,Nixon death
11 Tanner, Jack EdwardJack Edward Tanner WA 1919–2006 1978 Carter,Carter reassignment
12 McNichols, Robert JamesRobert James McNichols WA 1922–1993 1979–1991 1980–1989 1991–1993 Carter,Carter death
14 McDonald, Alan AngusAlan Angus McDonald WA 1927–2007 1985–1996 1996–2007 Reagan,Reagan death

Succession of seats

See also


  1. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 15, 1923, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 16, 1924, and received commission on January 16, 1924.
  2. ^ Black was initially appointed to the Western District of Washington in 1939; he was reassigned by operation of law to serve in both districts.

External links

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington Official Website