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William D. Benton

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This page is about the U.S. Appellate Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. If you are looking for the Arkansas Circuit Court judge for the Eleventh Circuit West, see William Benton.
William D. Benton
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Station:   Kansas City, MO
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   7/2/2004 - Present
Preceded by:   Theodore McMillian
Past post:   Missouri Supreme Court
Past chief:   1997-1999
Past term:   1991-2004
Personal History
Born:   1950
Hometown:   Springfield, MO
Undergraduate:   Northwestern U. '72
Law School:   Yale Law '75
Grad. School:   Memphis U. '79 (M.B.A.)
U. of Virginia Law '94 (L.L.M.)
William Duane Benton (b. 1950) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He joined the court in 2004 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

Born in Springfield, Missouri, Benton graduated from Northwestern with his bachelor's degree in 1972 and from Yale Law School with his Juris Doctor degree in 1975. Benton later obtained his Master's in Business Administration from Memphis University in 1979. Benton obtained his L.L.M from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1994.[1]

Benton served as a Captain in the United States Navy Reserves from 1972 to 2002.[1]

Professional career

Benton was a Campaign manager for the "Wendell Bailey for Congress" campaign in 1980 and later served as Administrative Assistant to Congressman Wendell Bailey from 1981 to 1982. Benton entered private practice in the State of Missouri from 1983 to 1989 before being appointed by then Missouri Governor John Ashcroft to Director of Revenue for the Missouri Department of Revenue from 1989 to 1991. In 1991, Benton was appointed by the Missouri Judicial Nominating Commission as Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court from 1991 to 2004 and served as the Chief Justice of Missouri's highest Court from 1997 to 1999. Benton also served as Adjunct professor at Westminster College from 1998 to 2004 and at the University of Missouri School of Law from 1998 to 2004.[1]

Judicial career

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Kit Bond, Benton was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President George W. Bush on February 12, 2004 to a seat vacated by Theodore McMillian. Benton was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 24, 2004 by a majority vote and received commission on July 2, 2004.[2]

Awards and associations

See also


Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Theodore McMillian
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:

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