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Heaton, Joe L.
Born 1951 in Alva, OK

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
Nominated by George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, to a seat vacated by Ralph G. Thompson. Confirmed by the Senate on December 6, 2001, and received commission on December 10, 2001.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University, B.A., 1973
University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., 1976

Professional Career:
Legislative assistant, U.S. Sen. Dewey F. Bartlett, Oklahoma, 1976-1977
Private practice, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1977-1992, 1993-1996
Adjunct instructor, University of Central Oklahoma, 1980-1981, 1992-1993
State representative, Oklahoma, 1984-1992
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Oklahoma, 1992-1993, 1996-2001; special assistant U.S. attorney and U.S. attorney, 1992-1993; first assistant U.S. attorney, 1996-2001

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, August 2, 2001; no Senate vote


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