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Joe Heaton

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Joe Heaton
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Station:   Oklahoma City, OK
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   12/10/2001 - Present
Preceded by:   Ralph Thompson
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Alva, OK
Undergraduate:   Northwestern Oklahoma State U., B.A., 1973
Law School:   University of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1976
Joe L. Heaton is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. He joined the Court in 2001 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Prior to appointment, Heaton was the First Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Oklahoma.[1]

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.[1]

Professional career

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.[1]

Judicial career

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.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Ralph Thompson
Western District of Oklahoma
2001–Current
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
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