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Heaton, Joe L.
Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the 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. Served as chief judge, 2015-2019. Assumed senior status on July 1, 2019.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University, B.A., 1973
University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., 1976
Legislative assistant, U.S. Sen. Dewey F. Bartlett of 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