Wilmore native Greg Van Tatenhove won Senate approval in December for appointment to the federal bench.
An Asbury College alumnus, Van Tatenhove stepped down as federal prosecutor on Jan. 6 to accept the judgeship.
Van Tatenhove has served as United States attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky since 2001, during which time he launched a federal crackdown on vote fraud. He also oversaw the organization of the office in response to the growing threat of terrorism after the events of September 11. He oversaw the increased prosecution of gun crimes under the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, as well as cases involving child exploitation.
After assuming the federal judgeship, he will handle cases primarily out of Pikeville. A University of Kentucky Law School graduate, Van Tatenhove will fill the vacancy created on the federal bench when Judge Karl Forester took senior status.
Van Tatenhove earned a bachelor's degree in history from Asbury College in 1982, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1989. He served as president of the college from 1999 to 2000.