|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||12/9/1987 - 4/30/2007|
|Chief:||2000 - 2007|
|Senior:||4/30/2007 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Ross Roberts|
|Succeeded by:||David Kays|
|Undergraduate:||Drury College, A.B, 1961|
|Law School:||University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1965|
Dean Whipple is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. He joined the court in 1987 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan.
Early life and education
Whipple started his legal career as a private practice attorney in the State of Missouri from 1967 to 1974. He also served as a part-time prosecuting attorney for Laclede County from 1967 to 1971. From 1976 to 1987, Whipple served a judge on the Missouri 26th Judicial Circuit Court.
Western District of Missouri
On the recommendation of Missouri U.S. Senator John Danforth, Dean Whipple was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on September 14, 1987, to a seat vacated by Judge Ross Roberts. Whipple was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 8, 1987, on unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on December 8, 1987. Whipple served as the chief judge of the Western District of Missouri from 2000 to 2007 before assuming senior status on April 30, 2007. Whipple was succeeded in this position by Judge David Kays.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Western District of Missouri
|Magistrate judges||Sarah Hays • Robert Larsen • John Maughmer • James England • Matt Whitworth • David P. Rush •|
|Former Article III judges||
Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr. • Robert William Wells • John Gibson • Arnold Krekel • John Finis Philips • Arba Seymour Van Valkenburgh • Albert Reeves • Merrill Otis • John Collet • Richard Dorr • William Collinson • Richard Duncan • Joseph Stevens • Harris Wangelin • Brook Bartlett • William Becker • Russell Clark • Floyd Gibson • Albert Ridge • Charles Whittaker • Elmo Hunter • John Oliver • Ross Roberts • Randle Smith •
|Former Chief judges||
Dean Whipple • Scott Wright • Howard Sachs • Albert Reeves • Richard Duncan • Joseph Stevens • Brook Bartlett • William Becker • Russell Clark • Floyd Gibson • Albert Ridge • Elmo Hunter • John Oliver • Randle Smith •