Thomas Jipping is a Senior Legal Fellow in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation.
Jipping joined Heritage in May 2018 after 15 years on the staff of U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), including several as his Chief Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He spent the previous 13 years in legal policy positions at Concerned Women for America and the Free Congress Research & Education Foundation.
Jipping has earned a national reputation as an expert on the federal judiciary and, in particular, the appointment of federal judges. In 2010, he served as Deputy Chief Counsel of the Senate Impeachment Trial Committee, convened to try U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous following his impeachment by the House of Representatives.
Jipping’s scholarship and commentary have been published in law and public policy journals as well as dozens of print and online publications. He has presented papers at conferences including the American Political Science Association and testified before legislative committees in the U.S. Senate and House and in several states.
Jipping received a bachelor's degree with honors from Calvin College and both a master’s degree in political science and a juris doctorate, cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo. While at SUNY-Buffalo Law School, Tom was a founding member of the Buffalo Federalist Society and served as the Head Note and Comment Editor of the Buffalo Law Review. Before coming to Washington, Tom clerked for Judge William D. Hutchinson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Jipping lives in Fairfax, Virginia, and is an active member of New Hope Presbyterian Church.