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Richard Battey

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Richard Battey
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   10/28/1985-1/1/1999
Chief:   1994-1998
Senior:   1/1/1999-Present
Preceded by:   Andrew Bogue
Succeeded by:   Karen Schreier
Personal History
Born:   1929
Hometown:   Aberdeen, SD
Undergraduate:   University of South Dakota, 1950
Law School:   University of South Dakota School of Law, J.D., 1953
Military service:   U.S. Army, 1953-1955

Richard Battey is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. Battey was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on September 27, 1985. Battey is a judge serving on senior status.[1]


Battey graduated from the University of South Dakota with both his bachelor's and J.D. degrees in 1953.[1]

Military service

Battey served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955.[1]

Professional career

Battey worked in private practice in Redfield, South Dakota from 1955 to 1985. In addition to his private practice work, he was the City Attorney for Redfield from 1956 to 1963, and served as the State's Attorney for Spink County from 1959 to 1965 and 1981 to 1985.[1]

Judicial career

District of South Dakota

On the unanimous recommendation of U.S. Senators James Abdonor and Larry Pressler, Battey was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on September 27, 1985, to a seat vacated by Judge Andrew Bogue as Bouge went on senior status. Battey was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 25, 1985, and received commission on October 28, 1985. Battey served as chief judge from 1994 to 1998 before assuming senior status on January 1, 1999.[1] Battey was succeeded in this position by Judge Karen Schreier.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Andrew Bogue
District of South Dakota
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Karen Schreier

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