Frances Marie Tydingco-Gatewood (born January 21, 1958) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Guam.
Early life and education
Tydingco-Gatewood was born on January 21, 1958, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She attended George Washington Senior High School, in Mangilao, Guam and obtained her B. A. in political science at Marquette University in 1981. She received her J. D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1983.
She began her legal career as a law clerk for Forest W. Hanna on the circuit court of Jackson County, Missouri from 1983 to 1984. In 1984, she became the first female Chamoru assistant attorney general in Guam. She served as assistant attorney general with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office in Missouri until 1988, and as assistant prosecutor from 1988 to 1990. Subsequently, she served as chief prosecutor for the District of Guam from 1990 to 1994.
Federal judicial career
Tydingco-Gatewood was nominated as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Guam by President George W. Bush on April 25, 2006. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 4, 2006. She was renominated on May 18, 2016, by President Barack Obama to another ten-year term on the court.