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Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
June 30, 2011 – February 11, 2019
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
September 22, 1999 – June 30, 2011
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by H. Lee Sarokin
Succeeded by Patty Shwartz
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
In office
October 7, 1983 – October 25, 1999
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Henry Curtis Meanor
Succeeded by Joel A. Pisano
Personal details
Maryanne Trump

April 5, 1937 (1937-04-05) (age 83)
New York City, U.S.
Political party Republican
David Desmond
(m. 1960; div. 1980)

John Barry
(m. 1982; died 2000)
Children 1
Parents Fred Trump
Mary Anne MacLeod
Relatives Trump family
Education Mount Holyoke College (BA)
Columbia University (MA)
Hofstra University (JD)

Maryanne Trump Barry (formerly Desmond; born April 5, 1937) is an American attorney and a senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit after being appointed by President Bill Clinton. She served as judge from 1999 until her retirement in 2011. Her younger brother is Donald Trump, who was elected as President of the United States on January 20, 2017.

Early life and education

Barry was born Maryanne Trump in Queens in New York City on April 5, 1937, the eldest child of real-estate developer Fred Trump and Mary Anne MacLeod Trump. She is an elder sister of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States .

She attended Kew-Forest School.{} She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in 1958 and a Master of Arts in public law and government from Columbia University in 1962. She later attended law school, earning her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in 1974.


U.S. Attorney's Office

After being a homemaker for thirteen years, in 1974 Barry became an Assistant United States Attorney, one of only two women out of sixty-two lawyers in the office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey. She was in the civil division from 1974 to 1975 and in the appeals division from 1976 to 1982, serving as deputy chief of that division from 1976 to 1977 and chief of the division from 1977 to 1982. She served as Executive Assistant United States Attorney from 1981 to 1982. She was First Assistant United States Attorney from 1981 to 1983.

U.S. District Court

Barry was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on September 14, 1983, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey vacated by Henry Curtis Meanor. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 6, 1983, and received her commission the next day.

In 1985, she recused herself in a drug-trafficking case due to her brother Donald's relationship with the accused trafficker. Her service in the district court ended on October 25, 1999, when she was elevated to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Barry's reputation on the bench was that of a tough judge with strong command of her courtroom.

U.S. Court of Appeals

Maryanne Trump Barry in 1992
Trump Barry in 1992

A Republican, Barry was nominated to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by Democratic President Bill Clinton on June 17, 1999. She was nominated to fill the vacancy created when H. Lee Sarokin retired in 1996. (Clinton had nominated Robert Raymar to the seat in 1998, but that nomination had expired at the end of the year without being given a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee.)

The Senate unanimously confirmed Barry on September 13, 1999. She received her commission on September 22, 1999.

In January 2006, Barry testified in support of the appointment of fellow Third Circuit Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

On June 30, 2011, Barry assumed senior status. She took inactive senior status in the first week of February 2017, about two weeks after her brother's inauguration as president.

Barry retired on February 11, 2019. Her retirement brought an end to an investigation of whether she had engaged in fraudulent tax schemes with her siblings that violated judicial conduct rules. The investigation closed without reaching a conclusion about the allegations.

Personal life

From 1960 until their divorce in 1980, she was married to David Desmond. In 1982, she married John Barry. John died in 2000. Barry had one son, David.

In private she has been critical of her brother Donald Trump.

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