Former Commissioner Information

 

The following is a chronological listing of the voting members who have served on the United States Sentencing Commission from its inception. Following each commissioner's name is the time period for which the commissioner served and, in parentheses, the position held immediately prior to appointment with the Commission.

  • Judge William W. Wilkins, Jr., Chair, 1985-1994
    (Judge, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; subsequently elevated to U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit)
  • Judge (later Justice) Stephen G. Breyer, 1985-1989
    (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit)
  • Judge George E. MacKinnon, 1985-1991
    (Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit)
  • Ilene H. Nagel, 1985-1994
    (Professor of Law and Sociology, Indiana University School of Law)
  • Helen G. Corrothers, 1985-1991
    (Member, U.S. Parole Commission)
  • Michael K. Block, 1985-1989
    (Professor of Law and Economics, University of Arizona)
  • Paul H. Robinson, 1985-1988
    (Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School)
  • Judge A. David Mazzone, 1990-1996
    Vice Chair 1994-1996
    (Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts)
  • Judge Julie E. Carnes, 1990-1996
    (Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Georgia; subsequently appointed to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia and continued to serve on the Commission)
  • Michael S. Gelacak, 1990-1998
    Vice Chair 1994-1998
    (Attorney, McNair Firm, Washington, D.C.)
  • Judge Richard P. Conaboy, Chair, 1994-1998
    (Senior Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania)
  • Judge Deanell R. Tacha, 1994-1998
    (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit)
  • Michael Goldsmith, 1994-1998
    Vice Chair, 1995-97 (holdover status ended 10/21/98)
    (Professor of Law, Brigham Young University Law School)
  • Wayne A. Budd, 1994-1997
    (Attorney, Goodwin, Procter & Hoar, Boston, MA)
  • Judge Joe Kendall, 1999-2002
    (Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas)
  • Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr., 1999-2002
    (Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York)
  • Judge Diana E. Murphy, Chair, 1999-2004
    (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit)
  • Professor Michael E. O’Neill, 1999-2005
    (Assistant Professor, George Mason University School of Law)
  • John R. Steer, Vice Chair, 1999-2007
    (General Counsel, U.S. Sentencing Commission)
  • Michael E. Horowitz, 2003-2008
    (Attorney, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Washington, D.C.)
  • Judge William K. Sessions III, 1999-2010
    Chair, 2009-2010
    Vice Chair, 1999-2009
    (Judge and later elevated to Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Vermont)
  • Judge Ruben Castillo, Vice Chair, 1999-2010
    (Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois)
  • Judge Beryl A. Howell, 2004-2012
    (Executive Managing Director and General Counsel, Stroz Friedberg, LLC, Washington, DC; subsequently appointed to the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; later elevated to Chief Judge)
  • William B. Carr, Jr., Vice Chair, 2008-2012
    (Adjunct Professor of Law, Widener Law School, Wilmington, DE)
  • Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa, 2004-2014
    Chair, 2005-2008
    Acting Chair, 2009
    Vice Chair, 2011-2014
    (Judge and later elevated to Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas)
  • Judge (later Justice) Ketanji Brown Jackson, Vice Chair, 2010-2014
    (Attorney, Morrison & Foerster LLP; subsequently appointed to the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; later elevated to U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit)
  • Judge Dabney L. Friedrich, 2006-2016
    (Associate Counsel, Office of Counsel to the President, Washington, D.C.; later appointed to the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia)
  • Judge Patti B. Saris, Chair, 2010-2016
    (Judge and later Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts)
  • Circuit Judge William H. Pryor Jr., 2013-2018
    Acting Chair, 2017-2018
    (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit)
  • Rachel E. Barkow, 2013-2018
    (Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy, New York University School of Law)
  • Judge Danny C. Reeves, 2017-2021
    (Judge, and later Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky)