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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

Northern District of Texas

Barbara M.G. Lynn, Chief Judge
Karen Mitchell, Clerk of Court

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The Northern District of Texas is made up of 100 of the 254 counties in Texas. Nine of the cities in the Northern District of Texas are in the list of the top twenty most populous cities in Texas--Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Lubbock, Garland, Irving, Amarillo, Grand Prairie, and Mesquite. Geographically, the district encompasses more than 96,000 square miles, making it the largest land area district in the country, except for those federal districts that encompass an entire state. Many of the nation's Fortune 500 companies are either headquartered or have a major presence in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Thirty-five district judges have been appointed to the Northern District of Texas bench since the district was created in 1879. The court currently has nine active district judges, four senior district judges, and nine magistrate judges. 

 

Succession of Clerks of Court
of the Northern District of Texas
1879 to Present

Appointed: May 23, 1879

1. Finks, John Hollingsworth

1879-1906

Appointed: May 6, 1906

2. McBain, John

1906-1906

Appointed: May 18, 1906

3. Maynard, Louis C. 

1906-1925

Appointed: February 11, 1925

4. Parker, George W. 

1925-1956

Appointed: November 1, 1956

5. Lowther, John A.

1956-1965

Appointed: February 11, 1965

6. Hamilton, Ramelle

1965-1967

Appointed: March 27, 1967

7. Rankin, Bailey F.

1967-1971

Appointed: January 20, 1971

8. McElroy Jr., Joseph

1971-1983

Appointed: January 22, 1983

9. Doherty, Nancy Hall

1983-2000

Appointed: June 16, 2000

10. Mitchell, Karen Sublett

2000-present