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WILMORE, KY—The United States Senate has just confirmed Asbury College alumnus Gregory F. Van Tatenhove to the federal bench in Eastern Kentucky. He will succeed U.S. District Judge Karl Forester who took senior, or part-time, status earlier this year.

“We are excited to see Greg confirmed to the federal bench. We celebrate with him, his family and the state of Kentucky, said Bob Bridges, vice president for institutional advancement at Asbury College.

Nominated by President George W. Bush on both occasions, Van Tatenhove was previously the United States Attorney (Eastern District of Kentucky), where he launched a federal crackdown on vote fraud.

Prior to that position, Van Tatenhove served for more than seven years as chief of staff and legal counsel to United States Representative Ron Lewis (Ky.). Van Tatenhove also served as a trial lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice under the Attorney General’s Honors Program and spent nearly four years in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division litigating cases on behalf of the government in federal courts throughout the nation. Shortly after law school, he worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr., then chief judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and later judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Early in his career he worked as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (Ky.).

Wilmore native 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 received an “A” Award, the College’s highest alumni honor, from the College in 2002 and was commencement speaker in 2003. He served as president of the College’s alumni association from 1999 to 2000.

Van Tatenhove is married to Jane Cooper ’84 Van Tatenhove, and they have two children, Cooper and Catherine Ewing.

”My recollection of Greg as a student is that he was bright, articulate and aggressive in advancing his education and career,” said Charlie D. Fiskeaux, former professor to Van Tatenhove and vice president for business affairs and treasurer of Asbury College.