David Lynn Russell

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David Lynn Russell (born 1942) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Russell received a B.S. from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1963 and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1965. He was in the United States Navy, JAG Corps, from 1965 to 1968, continuing to serve as a reservist until 1971 and achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was an Assistant attorney general of State of Oklahoma from 1968 to 1969, and was then a legal advisor to Governor Dewey Bartlett from 1969 to 1971. He entered private practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 1971 to 1972, but when Bartlett was elected to the United States Senate, Russell became his chief legislative assistant from 1972 to 1975. Russell was then the United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma from 1975 to 1977, returning to private practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 1979 to 1981, but again serving in the United States Attorney post from 1981 to 1982.

On December 4, 1981, Russell was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a joint seat on the Northern District, Eastern District, and Western District of Oklahoma, all vacated by Frederick A. Daugherty. Russell was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 16, 1981, and received his commission on December 17, 1981. On December 1, 1990, he was reassigned by operation of law to serve on only the Western District of Oklahoma, where he served as chief judge from 1994 to 2001. He took senior status on July 7, 2013.

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