Reeves named first female chief judge for East Tennessee

Judge Pamela Reeves

U.S. District Judge Pamela L. Reeves has been named the chief judge of the Eastern District of Tennessee, becoming the first woman to hold that position in state history.

Reeves will succeed U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan, who has held the chief judgeship for the past seven years.

Reeves was already the first woman to hold a district judgeship in the Eastern District of Tennessee. She was nominated in 2013 by President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate in 2014.

The chief judge is the lead judicial administrative officer for the district and oversees day to day operations. The chief judgeship rotates every seven years to the next judge in seniority who is under age 65.

Reeves will be sworn in on April 1.

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