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Benton, William Duane
Born 1950 in Springfield, MO

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Nominated by George W. Bush on February 12, 2004, to a seat vacated by Theodore McMillian. Confirmed by the Senate on June 24, 2004, and received commission on July 2, 2004.

Northwestern University, B.A., 1972
Yale Law School, J.D., 1975
Memphis State University (now University of Memphis), M.B.A., 1979
University of Virginia School of Law, LL.M., 1994

Professional Career:
U.S. Navy/Naval Reserve captain, 1972-2002
Campaign manager, Wendell Bailey for Congress, 1980
Administrative assistant, U.S. Rep. Wendell Bailey, Missouri, 1981-1982
Private practice, Jefferson City, Missouri, 1983-1989
Director of revenue, Missouri Department of Revenue, 1989-1991
Adjunct professor, Westminster College, 1998-2004
Adjunct professor, University of Missouri School of Law, 1998-2004
Judge, Supreme Court of Missouri, 1991-2004; chief justice, 1997-1999


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