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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||03/19/2007 - Present|
|Chief:||2008 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Frederick Stamp|
|Home State:||Wheeling, WV|
|Bachelors:||Dartmouth College, A.B., 1973|
|Law School:||West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1976|
John Preston Bailey is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. He joined the court in 2007 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Bailey is also the Chief Judge of the Court serving as the court's lead judicial administrative officer in conjunction with the Clerk of Court.
Early life and education
A native West Virginan, Bailey graduated from Dartmouth College with his Bachelor's Degree in 1973 and later graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law with his juris doctor degree in 1976.
After law school, Bailey became a law clerk for former federal judge Charles Haden IIom both the Northern and Southern District US Courts of West Virginia from 1976-1978. From 1978 till his appointment to the Federal Bench in 2007, Bailey was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of West Virginia. In addition to his private practice work, Bailey served as a part-time Assistant prosecuting attorney in Ohio County from 1985 to 1986 and also as a part-time Special assistant prosecuting attorney for Marshall County from 1985 to 1990.
Northern District of West Virginia
Bailey was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 9, 2007 to a seat vacated by Frederick Stamp as Stamp went on senior status. Bailey was confirmed by the Senate on March 15, 2007 and received commission on March 19, 2007. Bailey has been the Chief Judge of the Court since 2008.
Unconstitutional redistricting map
| United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia|
*Jefferson County Commission et al v. Tennant et al 2:11-cv-00989
|On January 3, 2012, a federal three-judge panel from the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia ruled West Virginia's congressional redistricting plan unconstitutional due its unequal distribution of population among the state’s three districts. The court gave the West Virginia Legislature until January 17 to come up with a new map -- otherwise, the panel will redraw the map. The state plans to appeal the ruling to the US Supreme Court and is seeking a stay on the decision. If granted, the stay could give legislators more time to revise their maps even if the panel's ruling is not overturned on appeal.|
|Federal judicial offices|
|Northern District of West Virginia
|Magistrate judges||David Joel • John Kaull • James Seibert •|
|Former Article III judges||
John Jay Jackson • Alston Gordon Dayton • Robert Maxwell • William Eli Baker • Harry Watkins • Herbert Boreman • W. Craig Broadwater • Sidney Christie • Charles Haden II • William Kidd • Charles Paul •
|Former Chief judges|