2016 Membership


2015 Membership

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was created by section 103(a) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1803(a)). It was originally comprised of seven district judges from seven circuits named by the Chief Justice of the United States to serve a maximum of 7 years.

In 2001, the U.S.A. Patriot Act (section 208) amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to increase the number of FIS Court judges from seven to eleven, "of whom no fewer than 3 shall reside within 20 miles of the District of Columbia." The membership of the Court in 2013 was as follows.

Appointed Expires
HOGAN, Thomas F. (Presiding, as of May 19, 2014) D.D.C. 5/18/2009 5/18/2016
BOASBERG, James E. D.D.C. 5/19/2014 5/18/2021
COLLYER, Rosemary M. D.D.C. 3/8/2013 3/7/2020
DEARIE, Raymond J. E.D. New York 7/2/2012 7/1/2019
EAGAN, Claire V. N.D. Oklahoma 2/13/2013 5/18/2019
FELDMAN, Martin L.C. E.D.Louis. 5/19/2010 5/18/2017
JONES, James P. (designated in 2015) W.D. Virginia 5/19/2015 5/18/2022
McLAUGHLIN, Mary A. (term expires in 2015) E.D. Pa. 5/18/2008 5/18/2015
MOSMAN, Michael W. Oregon 5/04/2013 5/03/2020
RUSSELL, Thomas B. (designated in 2015) W.D. Kentucky 5/19/2015 5/18/2022
SAYLOR, F. Dennis Mass. 5/19/2011 5/18/2018
WRIGHT, Susan Webber E.D. Arkansas 5/18/2009 5/18/2016
ZAGEL, James B. (term expires in 2015) N.D. Ill. 5/18/2008 5/18/2015


The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review was created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to review applications that were denied by the FIS Court. The Court of Review is comprised of three judges, one of whom is designated as the presiding judge, named by the Chief Justice of the United States from the U.S. district or appellate courts. Judges serve a maximum of seven years and are not eligible for redesignation.

Appointed Expires
BRYSON, William C. (Presiding) Federal Circuit 5/19/2011 (became presiding judge 9/1/2013) 5/18/2018
CABRANES, José A. Second Circuit 8/9/2013 5/18/2020
TALLMAN, Richard C. Ninth Circuit 1/27/2014 1/26/2021

2014 Membership

Table of Members of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, 1978-2013

Sources: FISA Court, D.C. District Court, Secrecy News