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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma|
|Station:||Oklahoma City, OK|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||12/10/2001 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Ralph Thompson|
|Home State:||Alva, OK|
|Undergraduate:||Northwestern Oklahoma State U., B.A., 1973|
|Law School:||U. of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1976|
Early life and education
Born in Alva, Oklahoma, Heaton received a bachelor's degree from Northern Oklahoma State University in 1973 and later graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1976.
Heaton was a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Dewey Bartlett from 1976 to 1977 before entering private practice in the State of Oklahoma from 1977 to 1996. Heaton was an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Central Oklahoma from 1980 to 1981 and again from 1992 to 1993. Heaton was elected by the People of Oklahoma to serve as State Representative in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1984 to 1992. Heaton was a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma from 1992 to 1993. Heaton was First Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Oklahoma from 1996 to 2001.
Western District of Oklahoma
On the recommendation of Senators Don Nickles and James Inhofe, Heaton was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2001 to a seat vacated by Ralph Thompson. Heaton was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 6, 2001 on a Senate vote and received commission on December 10, 2001.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Western District of Oklahoma
|Magistrate judges||Gary Purcell • Valerie Couch • Shon Erwin • Suzanne Mitchell •|
|Former Article III judges||
John Hazelton Cotteral • Alfred Murrah • Edgar Vaught • Bower Broaddus • Luther Bohanon • William Wallace • Billy Burrage • Harold Cook • Frederick Daugherty • Stephen Chandler • Luther Eubanks • Layn Phillips • Ross Rizley • Ralph Thompson •
|Former Chief judges|