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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||8/14/1995 - Present|
|Chief:||2011 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Ronald Meredith|
|Undergraduate:||University of Kentucky, B.S., 1976|
|Law School:||University of Louisville School of Law, J.D., 1979|
Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. He joined the court in 1995 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.
Early life and education
McKinley was a private practice attorney in Owensboro, KY from 1979 to 1991. McKinley also served as a Commissioner for the Kentucky Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 1982 to 1990. McKinley was a part-time Assistant County Attorney for Daviess County from 1985 to 1987 and later served as a Hearing Officer for the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet from 1990 to 1991. In 1992, McKinley was elected Judge for the Daviess County Circuit Court until 1995.
Western District of Kentucky
On the recommendation of Senator Wendell Ford, McKinley was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky by President Bill Clinton on May 24, 1995 to a seat vacated by Ronald Meredith. McKinley was confirmed by the Senate on August 11, 1995 on a Senate vote and received commission on August 14, 1995. 
Federal tobacco case (2009)United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Judge McKinley presided in the case involving federal tobacco marketing laws. Major tobacco companies, including Phillip Morris and RJ Reynolds, sued the Food and Drug Administration on new regulations of tobacco products in terms of marketing of the products. The judge found no evidence that the FDA violated First Amendment rights through increased marketing regulation.
- Judge McKinley's Homepage
- The Robing Room- Rate Judge McKinley
- Judge Joseph McKinley's Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
|Federal judicial offices|
|Western District of Kentucky
|Magistrate judges||James Moyer • David King • Dave Whalin • H. Brent Brennenstuhl •|
|Former Article III judges||
Edward Johnstone • Walter Evans • Charles Dawson • Charles Harwood Moorman • Elwood Hamilton • Mac Swinford • Shackelford Miller • Eugene Siler • Charles Allen • Thomas Ballantine • Clifton Bratcher • Henry Brooks • James Gordon • Ronald Meredith • Roy Shelbourne •
|Former Chief judges|