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Fernando Joe Gaitan Jr. (born August 22, 1948) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
Early life and education
Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Gaitan attended Donnelly College, Kansas City, KS from 1967–68 and received a B.S. from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas in 1970 and a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1974.
Gaitan was an attorney for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company from 1974 to 1980. He was a judge on the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri from 1980 to 1986, and then on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, until 1991.
Federal judicial service
On May 16, 1991, Gaitan was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri vacated by Russell G. Clark. Gaitan was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 18, 1991, and received his commission on August 2, 1991. He served as chief judge from 2007 to 2014. He took senior status on January 3, 2014.