David Kays

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David Kays
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   6/19/2008 - Present
Preceded by:   Dean Whipple
Personal History
Born:   1962
Hometown:   Kansas City, MO
Undergraduate:   Southwest Missouri State U., B.S., 1985
Law School:   U. of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1987



David Gregory Kays (b.1962) is a judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Kays has served on the court since 2008, after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

  • Southwest Missouri State University, B.S., 1985
  • University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1987[1]

Professional career

  • Private practice, Missouri, 1988-1989
  • Assistant public defender, Office of the Special Public Defender, Springfield, Missouri, 1989
  • Assistant prosecuting attorney, Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Missouri, 1988-1989
  • Chief assistant prosecuting attorney, Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Missouri, 1989-1991
  • Prosecuting attorney, Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Missouri, 1991-1995
  • Adjunct faculty, Drury University, 1991-2004
  • Associate circuit judge, Laclede County, Missouri, 1995-2004
  • Presiding judge, Twenty-sixth Judicial Circuit, State of Missouri, 2005-2008[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Missouri

Kays was nominated by President George W. Bush on November 15, 2007, to a seat vacated by Dean Whipple. Kays was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 10, 2008, and received commission on June 19, 2008.[1]

Notable cases

Bank robbery case (2009)

  United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
Judge Kays presided in a bank robbery case that differed from most bank robbery cases in federal court. This case involved a bank robber who turned himself in before the federal authorities could identify him as a suspect. Kays sentenced the robber to five years in federal prison on October 6, 2009.[2]


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Dean Whipple
Western District of Missouri
2008–Current
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
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