James Parker Jones

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James Parker Jones
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Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Assumed office
May 19, 2015
Appointed by John Roberts
Preceded by James Zagel
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
In office
2004–2010
Preceded by Samuel Grayson Wilson
Succeeded by Glen E. Conrad
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Assumed office
August 30, 1996
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by James Harry Michael Jr.
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 39th district
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 13, 1988
Preceded by Rick Boucher
Succeeded by William C. Wampler Jr.
Personal details
Born James Parker Jones
(1940-07-03) July 3, 1940 (age 76)
Tampa, Florida
Political party Democratic
Education Duke University A.B.
University of Virginia School of Law LL.B.

James Parker Jones (born July 3, 1940) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and a Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.[1] He is also a Judge of the Alien Terrorist Removal Court.

Early life and education[edit]

Jones was born in Tampa, Florida. He received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Duke University in 1962. He received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1965.

Professional career[edit]

Jones was an assistant commonwealth attorney general of Virginia from 1965 to 1966. He was a law clerk for Judge Clement Haynsworth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1966 to 1968. He was in private practice in Abingdon, Virginia from 1968 to 1971. He was in private practice in Bristol, Virginia from 1971 to 1995. He was a Virginia state senator from 1983 to 1988. He was also a member of the Virginia State Board of Education from 1990 to 1996.

Failed district court nomination[edit]

On May 16, 1979, President Carter nominated Jones to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.[2] However, his nomination never was processed by the United States Senate before Carter lost his bid for re-election, and President Reagan later chose not to renominate Jones to the seat.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Jones eventually became a judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia after President Bill Clinton nominated him on December 12, 1995, to fill the seat vacated by James Harry Michael Jr., who had taken senior status. The United States Senate confirmed Jones on July 18, 1996, and he received his commission on August 1, 1996. Jones served as Chief Judge from 2004 to 2010. He has served as a Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court since 2015 and as a Judge of the Alien Terrorist Removal Court since 2016.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
James Harry Michael Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
1996–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Samuel Grayson Wilson
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
2004–2010
Succeeded by
Glen E. Conrad
Preceded by
James Zagel
Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
2015–present
Incumbent