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John A. Ross

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John A. Ross
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #9T
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   10/11/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Charles Shaw
Personal History
Born:   1954
Hometown:   St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate:   Emory U., B.A., 1976
Law School:   Emory U. School of Law, J.D., 1979

John A. Ross is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in December 2010.[1] Prior to becoming a federal judge, Ross was a circuit court judge for the 21st Circuit Court in Missouri.[2]

Early life and education

Allen received a B.A. from Emory University in 1976 and a J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law in 1979.[3][2]

Professional career

2009-2011: Presiding Judge
2005-2009: Assistant Presiding Judge
  • County counselor, St. Louis County
  • 1979-1991: Assistant county prosecuting attorney, St. Louis
  • 1989: Special assistant attorney genera, St. Louis County
  • 1984: Special assistant attorney general, Office of the Attorney General

Judicial career

Eastern District of Missouri

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:John A. Ross
 Court:Eastern District of Missouri
 Progress:Confirmed 293 days after nomination.
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified

Judge Ross was nominated to serve on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on December 1, 2010.[3]

Ross's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress. President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011.

Ross was rated Unanimously Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 4, 2011 and you can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here.

Ross's nomination was confirmed by the Senate by a voice vote on September 20, 2011.[4]

Opposition to nomination

Congressman Lacy Clay opposed the nomination, due to Judge Ross' decision (as a Missouri Circuit Court judge) to put the Northeast Fire District's finances under court control after the district allegedly made improper payments and violated Missouri's open meetings law.[5] In a letter to President Obama, Congressman Clay accused Ross of "judicial activism and blatant unfairness" for this decision.[5] Obama commented on the nomination, stating, "These outstanding candidates have shown an unwavering commitment to justice throughout their careers. They all have long and distinguished records of service, and I am pleased to nominate them to continue serving the American people on the District Court bench."

State Impeachment filed against Ross

In May 2011, Missouri Representative Rochelle Gray sponsored HR 3102 to begin impeachment proceedings against Ross. He is accused of violating the Missouri Constitution. Specifically, he is charged with "judicial activism" and racial discrimination.[6]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Charles Shaw
Eastern District of Missouri
Seat #9T
Succeeded by:

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