The U.S. Tax Court announced that Judge John O. Colvin has taken over as chief judge of the U.S. Tax Court as of June 1.

The 19 tax court judges regularly elect one of their members to serve as chief judge for a two-year term. The chief judge has responsibility for overall administration of the court, which hears cases in approximately 80 cities, in addition to a caseload.

Colvin holds a doctorate and masters degree of law in taxation from Georgetown University. He was appointed by President Reagan to serve on the court in September 1988 and served as a senior judge on recall before being reappointed by President George W. Bush in August 2004. Presidents appoint the Tax Court judges for 15-year terms.

Colvin has served as tax counsel for senators and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.

Judge Joel Gerber, who will remain with the court as a senior judge. President Reagan also appointed him in the 1980s.

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