Judge Ann Aiken, Oregon U.S. District Court

Judge Ann Aiken

Oregon U.S. District Court

Ann Louise Aiken was born in December 1951 in Salem, Oregon. She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon, received an M.A. from Rutgers University, and returned to Oregon where she earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon School of Law. She clerked at a county circuit court before entering private practice. 

She was nominated for a seat on the bench at the United States District Court for the District of Oregon by President Bill Clinton. She was confirmed by the Senate and received her commission in February 1998. She served as Chief Judge from 2009 to 2016. 

Aiken is the widow of James Klonoski. They had five children together.

In the News…

Federal District Judge Ann Aiken ruled in favor of faith-based schools by dismissing a suit that could have ended exemptions for religious reasons that give protection to traditional marriages and gender values. 

A group of former students from 31 schools had brought a suit against schools that are part of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, arguing that religious exemptions were not compatible with LGBTQ rights. 

In her 40-page decision, Judge Aiken said the plaintiffs had not met the necessary elements to pursue a legal claim. “Plaintiffs have provided voluminous allegations going toward the element of disparate impact—the first hurdle to mounting an equal protection claim. However, Plaintiffs have submitted no allegations of discriminatory motivation on the part of those enacting the religious exemption.” 

“Plaintiffs provide no evidence and supply no allegations involving the above-listed factors for the Court to consider and evaluate whether Congress was motivated in part by a discriminatory purpose when it enacted the religious exemption,” her decision said. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Aiken today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Ann Aiken 
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon 
Wayne L. Moore U.S. Courthouse 

Room 5500
405 East Eighth Avenue 
Eugene, OR 97401 


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