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McKinley, Joseph H., Jr.

Born 1954 in Owensboro, KY

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Nominated by William J. Clinton on May 24, 1995, to a seat vacated by Ronald E. Meredith. Confirmed by the Senate on August 11, 1995, and received commission on August 14, 1995. Served as chief judge, 2011-2018. Assumed senior status on June 9, 2019.

University of Kentucky, B.S., 1976
University of Louisville School of Law (now Louis D. Brandeis School of Law), J.D., 1979

Professional Career:

Private practice, Owensboro, Kentucky, 1979-1991
Commissioner, Kentucky Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, 1982-1990
Assistant county attorney, Daviess County, Kentucky, 1985-1987
Hearing officer, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, 1990-1991
Judge, Kentucky Circuit Court, Sixth Judicial Circuit, First Division, 1992-1995