|Maryanne Trump Barry|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit|
September 22, 1999 – June 30, 2011
|Nominated 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|
October 7, 1983 – September 22, 1999
|Nominated by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Henry Curtis Meanor|
|Succeeded by||Joel A. Pisano|
April 5, 1937
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||David Desmond (1960–1980)
John Barry (1982–2000)
|Parents||Mary Anne MacLeod (Mother)
Fred Trump (Father)
|Residence||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Education||Mount Holyoke College (BA)
Columbia University (MA)
Hofstra University (JD)
Maryanne Trump Barry (formerly Desmond; born April 5, 1937) is an attorney and an inactive Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is the older sister of President Donald Trump.
She was born Maryanne Trump in 5 April 1937 in Queens in New York City, to real-estate developer Fred Trump and Mary MacLeod Trump. She is the elder sister of Donald Trump, who was elected president in November 2016.
Trump passed the bar exam and began practicing as an attorney. She held some public service positions, including as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. (She married in 1982 and changed her surname to Barry.)
After working as an attorney for nine years, 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.
A Republican, Barry was nominated to be a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by Democratic President Bill Clinton on June 17, 1999, to replace H. Lee Sarokin, who had retired in 1996. Clinton had nominated Robert Raymar to the seat in 1998, but that nomination was never given a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Raymar's nomination expired at the end of that year. During the next congressional term, Clinton nominated Barry to the position.
Barry was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on September 13, 1999, and received her commission on September 22, 1999. "I am deeply honored and very grateful for the nomination," Barry told the New Jersey Law Journal in 1999. "I am surprised I was approached on it. I assume that my record is good enough as a district court judge to be reached out to, and I'm glad that politics weren't a priority here."
Barry's reputation on the bench was that of a tough judge with strong command of her courtroom. In 1989, while a district court judge in Essex County, New Jersey, she disapproved a plea bargaining deal that would have freed two county detectives accused of protecting a drug dealer, and forced the case to trial. The detectives were convicted and received jail terms. She also presided over the conviction of Louis Manna, the Genovese crime family boss accused of plotting to assassinate rival John Gotti.
In January 2006, Barry testified in support of the appointment of fellow Third Circuit Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, media reports speculated about Barry's potential appointment as a Supreme Court justice. Trump responded that Barry was not interested in the role, and that in any case, nominating his sister would be a conflict of interest. Later in 2016 Trump published a list of potential Supreme Court nominees from which he committed to make his picks. Barry refrained from public comments during her brother's presidential run, as was her long habit.
In 2004, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the United States Supreme Court presented Barry with an award, named for O'Connor, that the Seton Hall University School of Law gives to women who excel in law and public service. At the presentation ceremony, Barry said, "I say to the women out there, remember how difficult it was for women like Justice O'Connor starting out," adding, "Even though she graduated with top grades, she had to take a job as a legal secretary. Remember how far we have come."
Barry lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
|Ancestors of Maryanne Trump Barry|
Henry Curtis Meanor
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Joel A. Pisano
H. Lee Sarokin
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit