Richard C. Wesley

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Richard Wesley
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 12, 2003
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Pierre Leval
Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
In office
January 3, 1997 – June 12, 2003
Appointed by George Pataki
Preceded by Richard Simons
Succeeded by Robert Smith
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 136th district
In office
January 5, 1983 – January 5, 1986
Preceded by James Emery
Succeeded by John Hasper
Personal details
Born (1949-08-01) August 1, 1949 (age 65)
Canandaigua, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University at Albany
Cornell University

Richard Carl Wesley (born August 1, 1949 in Canandaigua, New York) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Education and background[edit]

Wesley attended the State University of New York at Albany followed by Cornell Law School. He began his career as a lawyer in private practice in Pittsford and Geneseo, New York. He served as assistant counsel to the minority party of the New York State Assembly from 1979 to 1982. From 1983 to 1986, he served as a Republican member of the Assembly.

Wesley's judicial career began with his election to the New York State Supreme Court in 1986. He served as a trial judge on the Supreme Court from 1987 until 1994, when he was promoted to the Appellate Division. In 1997, New York Governor George Pataki selected Wesley as his first appointee to serve as an Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, New York's highest court.

Wesley was featured on President Obama's daily talking points memo.[citation needed] He said of colleague Sonia Sotomayor, "Sonia is an outstanding colleague with a keen legal mind. She brings a wealth of knowledge and hard work to all her endeavors on our court. It is both a pleasure and an honor to serve with her."[citation needed]

Second Circuit nomination[edit]

On March 5, 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Wesley to the Second Circuit in order to fill the seat vacated by Judge Pierre N. Leval, who took Senior status. The U.S. Senate confirmed Wesley's nomination just over three months later by a vote of 96-0 on June 11, 2003.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Emery
Member of the New York Assembly
from the 136th district

1983–1986
Succeeded by
John Hasper
Legal offices
Preceded by
Richard Simons
Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
1997–2003
Succeeded by
Robert Smith
Preceded by
Pierre Leval
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
2003–present
Incumbent