April 5, 2023
Chief Judge Frances Marie Tydingco-Gatewood. (Guam Supreme Court photo)
Chief Judge Frances Marie Tydingco-Gatewood. (Guam Supreme Court photo)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 18, 2016) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated Chief Judge Frances Marie Tydingco-Gatewood to continue to serve on the United State District Court for the District of Guam.

“Chief Judge Frances Marie Tydingco-Gatewood has had a distinguished legal career and I am honored to ask her to continue to serve as a judge on the federal bench,” said President Obama. “I am confident she will keep serving the American people with distinction from the District Court bench.”

Tydingco-Gatewood has served as the sole federal district judge on the United States District Court of Guam since 2006. Prior to her appointment to the federal bench, she served as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of Guam from 2002 to 2006 and as a trial judge on the Superior Court of Guam from 1994 to 2002.

Before beginning her judicial service, Tydingco-Gatewood served as a prosecutor from 1984 to 1994, and as chief prosecutor and assistant attorney general in the Guam Attorney General’s Office from 1990 to 1994 and 1984 to 1988, respectively, and as assistant prosecutor with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office in Missouri from 1989 to 1990. She began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Forest W. Hanna on the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Mo. from 1983 to 1984.

Tydingco-Gatewood received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1983 and her B.A. from Marquette University in 1980.

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