Chief Judge Mark Walker, Northern Florida U.S. District Court

Chief Judge Mark Walker

Northern Florida U.S. District Court 

Mark Eaton Walker was born in 1967 in Winter Garden, Florida. He completed Cadet Basic Training at the United States Military Academy, withdrawing at the beginning of the semester. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and received a Juris Doctor from the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. He clerked at the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, at the Florida Supreme Court, and later at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. 

He entered private practice but soon left to work as an Assistant Public Defendant for Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit. He served as an Assistant Public Defender for two years, returning to private practice. He spent three years as a Florida Circuit Judge in Tallahassee. 

Walker was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a district judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. He was confirmed by the Senate in a 94-0 vote and received his commission in December 2012. He became Chief Judge in June 2018. 

In the News…

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled against portions of the Florida election law. He wrote that Florida’s year-old laws on mailed ballots, drop boxes, and other election methods are changes that have made it more difficult for black voters who, overall, have more socioeconomic disadvantages than white voters. 

Chief Judge Walker indicated in the ruling that the Florida legislature has not been supportive of the voting rights of black constituents “for the past 20 years.”

The State of Florida plans to appeal the case to the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Walker today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Mark Walker 
Chief Judge 
Northern Florida U.S. District Court 
U.S. Courthouse 
111 N. Adams St. Suite 322
Tallahassee, Florida 32301-7730


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