Richard C. Wesley
|Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit|
August 1, 2016
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit|
June 12, 2003 – August 1, 2016
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Pierre N. Leval|
|Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals|
January 3, 1997 – June 12, 2003
|Appointed by||George Pataki|
|Preceded by||Richard D. Simons|
|Succeeded by||Robert S. Smith|
|Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 136th district
January 1, 1983 – December 31, 1986
|Preceded by||James L. Emery|
|Succeeded by||John W. Hasper|
August 1, 1949 |
Canandaigua, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||University at Albany
Cornell Law School
Richard Carl Wesley (born August 1, 1949) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Education and background
He was born on August 1, 1949 in Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York. 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 entered politics as a Republican, and was assistant counsel to the minority party in the New York State Assembly from 1979 to 1982. He was a member of the Assembly from 1983 to 1986, sitting in the 185th and 186th New York State Legislatures.
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 to 1994, when he was appointed to the Appellate Division. In 1997, 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.
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 and he received his commission on June 12, 2003. He took senior status on August 1, 2016.
James L. Emery
|New York State Assembly
John W. Hasper
Richard D. Simons
|Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
Robert S. Smith
Pierre N. Leval
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit