Richard Lesley Voorhees

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Richard Lesley Voorhees (born 1941) is a United States federal judge.

Born in Syracuse, New York, Voorhees was in the United States Army as an ROTC Cadet from 1959 to 1963. He received a B.A. from Davidson College in 1963 and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1968. He was in the United States Army Signal Corps Lieutenant from 1963 to 1965. He was an Army Reserves Captain from 1965 to 1969, and was in private practice in Gastonia, North Carolina from 1968 to 1988.

On July 31, 1987, Voorhees was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina vacated by David B. Sentelle. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 14, 1988, and received his commission on October 17, 1988. He served as chief judge from 1991 to 1998.