Douglas L. Rayes

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Douglas Leroy Rayes
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Assumed office
May 28, 2014
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Frederick J. Martone
Personal details
Born Douglas Leroy Rayes
1952 (age 64–65)
Globe, Arizona
Education Arizona State University B.S.E.
Arizona State University College of Law J.D.

Douglas Leroy Rayes (born 1952) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.

Biography[edit]

Rayes received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, summa cum laude, in 1975 from Arizona State University. He received a Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1978 from the Arizona State University College of Law. He served in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, from 1979 to 1982. From 1982 to 1984, he was an associate at the law firm of McGroder, Pearlstein, Pepler & Tryon. From 1984 to 2000, he was a partner at that law firm which was named Tryon, Heller & Rayes at the time of his departure. From 2000 to 2014, he served as a Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court. During his tenure on the bench, he presided over a wide range of cases, including civil, criminal and family law matters.[1][2]

Consideration for Arizona Supreme Court[edit]

In August 2012, Rayes was one of three finalists recommended to Governor Jan Brewer to fill a vacancy on the Arizona Supreme Court.[3] Brewer ultimately appointed Ann Scott Timmer to the court.[4]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On September 19, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Rayes to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, to the seat vacated by Judge Frederick J. Martone, who took senior status on January 30, 2013.[5] Rayes, a Republican,[3] was one of four Arizona judicial nominees announced by Obama that day who were chosen in consultation with Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.[6] On February 27, 2014 his nomination was reported out of the committee.[7] On May 13, 2014, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed for cloture on his nomination. On May 15, 2014, The Senate voted 59-35 on the motion to invoke cloture on his nomination.[8] Later that same day, the Senate voted 77-19 in favor of final confirmation.[9] He received his judicial commission on May 28, 2014.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "President Obama Nominates Eight to Serve on the United States District Courts". 19 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Rayes, Douglas Leroy - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  3. ^ a b "Arizona commission nominates 3 for Supreme Court". Associated Press. August 20, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ Fischer, Howard (October 13, 2012). "Brewer appoints Timmer, a Republican, to high court". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate". 19 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Wingett Sanchez, Yvonne; Nowicki, Dan (September 19, 2013). "Obama nominates 4 Arizonans to fill U.S. District Court vacancies". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Executive Business Meeting". United States Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 2nd Session". Vote Summary: Vote Number 151. United States Senate. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 2nd Session". Vote Summary: Vote Number 154. United States Senate. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Frederick J. Martone
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona
2014–present
Incumbent