- Also Known As:
- Judge Hardiman
- Date of Birth:
- July 8, 1965
Thomas Hardiman (born Thomas Michael Hardiman on July 8, 1965 in Winchester, Massachusetts) is a federal judge on the United Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a registered Republican as of 1994. Thomas grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts. As a teenager, the judge worked part-time as a taxi driver through high school and college. Thomas graduated from Waltham High School in 1983 and then continued on to receive a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He then got a job at a law firm in Washington, D.C. and continued to move up the legal ladder in the following years.
After being nominated by President George W. Bush in 2003, Thomas became a judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He is known as a strong supporter of gun rights and as a defender of the Second Amendment. Thomas now maintains chambers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is one of the leading contenders to be chosen by Donald Trump to fill the vacancy of Associate Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Best Known For:
Thomas is best known as a rumored contender to be appointed by Donald Trump for the U.S. Supreme Court position of Associate Justice, replacing the late Antonin Scalia.
Thomas is married to Lori Hardiman, an attorney and real estate professional. He is the father of three children: Kate (born in 1994), Matthew (born 1997), and Marissa (born 2001).