United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
|United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
|Location||Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse St. Louis, Missouri|
|Established||December 10, 1869|
|Chief Judge||Lavenski Smith|
|Circuit justice||Neil Gorsuch|
- Eastern District of Arkansas
- Western District of Arkansas
- Northern District of Iowa
- Southern District of Iowa
- District of Minnesota
- Eastern District of Missouri
- Western District of Missouri
- District of Nebraska
- District of North Dakota
- District of South Dakota
The court is composed of eleven active judges and is based at the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri. It is one of thirteen United States courts of appeals. In 1929 Congress passed a statute dividing the Eighth Circuit that placed Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, and Arkansas in the Eighth Circuit and created a Tenth Circuit that included Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
Republican Presidents have appointed a greater percentage of judges to the Eighth Circuit (eight of nine active judges, or 88.9%) than any other Court of Appeals in the United States.
Current composition of the court
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|53||Chief Judge||Lavenski Smith||Little Rock, AR||1958||2002–present||2017–present||—||G.W. Bush|
|42||Circuit Judge||Roger Leland Wollman||Sioux Falls, SD||1934||1985–present||1999–2002||—||Reagan|
|45||Circuit Judge||James B. Loken||Minneapolis, MN||1940||1990–present||2003–2010||—||G.H.W. Bush|
|54||Circuit Judge||Steven Colloton||Des Moines, IA||1963||2003–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|55||Circuit Judge||Raymond Gruender||Saint Louis, MO||1963||2004–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|56||Circuit Judge||William Duane Benton||Kansas City, MO||1950||2004–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|57||Circuit Judge||Bobby Shepherd||El Dorado, AR||1951||2006–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|58||Circuit Judge||Jane L. Kelly||Cedar Rapids, IA||1964||2013–present||—||—||Obama|
|59||Circuit Judge||Ralph R. Erickson||Fargo, ND||1959||2017–present||—||—||Trump|
|41||Senior Circuit Judge||Pasco Bowman II||Kansas City, MO||1933||1983–2003||1998–1999||2003–present||Reagan|
|44||Senior Circuit Judge||C. Arlen Beam||Lincoln, NE||1930||1987–2001||—||2001–present||Reagan|
|46||Senior Circuit Judge||David R. Hansen||inactive||1938||1991–2003||2002–2003||2003–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|47||Senior Circuit Judge||Morris S. Arnold||Little Rock, AR||1941||1992–2006||—||2006–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|48||Senior Circuit Judge||Diana E. Murphy||Minneapolis, MN||1934||1994–2016||—||2016–present||Clinton|
|51||Senior Circuit Judge||William J. Riley||inactive||1947||2001–2017||2010–2017||2017–present||G.W. Bush|
|52||Senior Circuit Judge||Michael Joseph Melloy||Cedar Rapids, IA||1948||2002–2013||—||2013–present||G.W. Bush|
Vacancies and pending nominations
|Seat||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|7||Diana E. Murphy||Senior Status||November 29, 2016||David Stras||May 8, 2017|
|5||William J. Riley||Senior Status||June 30, 2017||L. Steven Grasz||August 3, 2017|
List of former judges
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for
|1||Caldwell, Henry ClayHenry Clay Caldwell||AR||1832–1915||1891–1903||—||—||||retirement|
|2||Sanborn, Walter HenryWalter Henry Sanborn||MN||1845–1928||1892–1928||—||—||Harrison, B.B. Harrison||death|
|3||Thayer, Amos MaddenAmos Madden Thayer||MO||1841–1905||1894–1905||—||—||Cleveland, Cleveland||death|
|4||Van Devanter, WillisWillis Van Devanter||WY||1859–1941||1903–1910||—||—||Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt||elevated to Supreme Court|
|5||Hook, William CatherWilliam Cather Hook||KS||1857–1921||1903–1921||—||—||Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt||death|
|6||Adams, Elmer BraggElmer Bragg Adams||MO||1842–1916||1905–1916||—||—||Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt||death|
|—||Carland, John EmmettJohn Emmett Carland||SD||1853–1922||1911–1922||—||—||||death|
|7||Smith, Walter I.Walter I. Smith||IA||1862–1922||1911–1922||—||—||Taft, Taft||death|
|8||Stone, KimbroughKimbrough Stone||MO||1875–1958||1916–1947||—||1947–1958||Wilson, Wilson||death|
|9||Lewis, Robert E.Robert E. Lewis||CO||1857–1941||1921–1929||—||—||Harding, Harding||reassignment to 10th Cir.|
|10||Kenyon, William SquireWilliam Squire Kenyon||IA||1869–1933||1922–1933||—||—||Harding, Harding||death|
|11||Booth, Wilbur F.Wilbur F. Booth||MN||1861–1944||1925–1932||—||1932–1944||Coolidge, Coolidge||death|
|12||Van Valkenburgh, Arba SeymourArba Seymour Van Valkenburgh||MO||1862–1944||1925–1933||—||1933–1944||Coolidge, Coolidge||death|
|13||Cotteral, John HazeltonJohn Hazelton Cotteral||OK||1864–1933||1928–1929||—||—||Coolidge, Coolidge||reassignment to 10th Cir.|
|14||Gardner, Archibald K.Archibald K. Gardner||SD||1867–1962||1929–1960||1948–1959||1960–1962||Hoover, Hoover||death|
|15||Sanborn Jr., John B.John B. Sanborn Jr.||MN||1883–1964||1932–1958||—||1959–1964||Hoover, Hoover||death|
|16||Woodrough, Joseph WilliamJoseph William Woodrough||NE||1873–1977||1933–1961||—||1961–1977||Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt||death|
|17||Faris, Charles BreckenridgeCharles Breckenridge Faris||MO||1864–1938||1935–1935||—||1935–1938||Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt||death|
|18||Thomas, SethSeth Thomas||IA||1873–1962||1935–1954||—||1954–1962||Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt||death|
|19||Johnsen, Harvey M.Harvey M. Johnsen||NE||1895–1975||1940–1965||1959–1965||1965–1975||Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt||death|
|20||Riddick, Walter GarrettWalter Garrett Riddick||AR||1883–1953||1941–1953||—||—||Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt||death|
|21||Collet, John CaskieJohn Caskie Collet||MO||1898–1955||1947–1955||—||—||Truman, Truman||death|
|22||Vogel, Charles JosephCharles Joseph Vogel||ND||1898–1980||1954–1968||1965–1968||1968–1980||Eisenhower, Eisenhower||death|
|23||Van Oosterhout, Martin DonaldMartin Donald Van Oosterhout||IA||1900–1979||1954–1971||1968–1970||1971–1979||Eisenhower, Eisenhower||death|
|24||Whittaker, Charles EvansCharles Evans Whittaker||MO||1901–1973||1956–1957||—||—||Eisenhower, Eisenhower||elevated to Supreme Court|
|25||Matthes, Marion CharlesMarion Charles Matthes||MO||1906–1980||1958–1973||1970–1973||1973–1980||Eisenhower, Eisenhower||death|
|26||Blackmun, HarryHarry Blackmun||MN||1908–1999||1959–1970||—||—||Eisenhower, Eisenhower||elevated to Supreme Court|
|27||Ridge, Albert AlphonsoAlbert Alphonso Ridge||MO||1898–1967||1961–1965||—||1965–1967||Kennedy, Kennedy||death|
|28||Mehaffy, PatPat Mehaffy||AR||1904–1981||1963–1974||1973–1974||1974–1981||Kennedy, Kennedy||death|
|29||Gibson, Floyd RobertFloyd Robert Gibson||MO||1910–2001||1965–1979||1974–1979||1979–2001||Johnson, L.L. Johnson||death|
|30||Lay, Donald P.Donald P. Lay||MN||1926–2007||1966–1992||1979–1992||1992–2007||Johnson, L.L. Johnson||death|
|31||Heaney, GeraldGerald Heaney||MN||1918–2010||1966–1988||—||1988–2006||Johnson, L.L. Johnson||retirement|
|32||Bright, Myron H.Myron H. Bright||ND||1919–2016||1968–1985||—||1985–2016||Johnson, L.L. Johnson||death|
|33||Ross, Donald RoeDonald Roe Ross||NE||1922–2013||1970–1987||—||1987–2013||Nixon, Nixon||death|
|34||Stephenson, Roy LaverneRoy Laverne Stephenson||IA||1917–1982||1971–1982||—||1982–1982||Nixon, Nixon||death|
|35||Webster, William H.William H. Webster||MO||1924–present||1973–1978||—||—||Nixon, Nixon||resignation to become FBI Director|
|36||Henley, Jesse SmithJesse Smith Henley||AR||1917–1997||1975–1982||—||1982–1997||Ford, Ford||death|
|37||McMillian, TheodoreTheodore McMillian||MO||1919–2006||1978–2003||—||2003–2006||Carter, Carter||death|
|38||Arnold, Richard S.Richard S. Arnold||AR||1936–2004||1980–2001||1992–1998||2001–2004||Carter, Carter||death|
|39||Gibson, John R.John R. Gibson||MO||1925–2014||1982–1994||—||1994–2014||Reagan, Reagan||death|
|40||George Gardner Fagg||IA||1934–2015||1982–1999||—||1999–2006||Reagan||retirement|
|43||Frank J. Magill||ND||1927–2013||1986–1997||—||1997–2013||Reagan, Reagan||death|
|49||Kelly, John DavidJohn David Kelly||ND||1934–1998||1998||—||—||Clinton, Clinton||death|
|50||Bye, Kermit EdwardKermit Edward Bye||ND||1937–present||2000–2015||—||2015–2016||Clinton, Clinton||retirement|
Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their circuits, and preside over any panel on which they serve unless the circuit justice (i.e., the Supreme Court justice responsible for the circuit) is also on the panel. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the circuit judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.
When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.
Succession of seats
The court has had thirteen seats for active judges. Two of these seats were reassigned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, leaving a eleven-seat court. The seats are numbered in the order in which they were filled. Judges who retire into senior status remain on the bench but leave their seat vacant. That seat is filled by the next circuit judge appointed by the president.
|Wikisource has original works on the topic: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
- "Tenth Circuit Act of 1929". Official website of the Federal Judicial Center. Archived from the original on 2006-09-26. Retrieved 2006-10-20.
- Caldwell was appointed as a circuit judge for the Eighth Circuit in 1890 by Benjamin Harrison. The Judiciary Act of 1891 reassigned his seat to what is now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
- Recess appointment, confirmed by the United States Senate at a later date.
- Carland did not have a permanent seat on this court. Instead, he was appointed to the ill-fated United States Commerce Court in 1911 by William Howard Taft. Aside from their duties on the Commerce Court, the judges of the Commerce Court also acted as at-large appellate judges, able to be assigned by the Chief Justice of the United States to whichever circuit most needed help. Carland was assigned to the Eighth Circuit upon his commission.
- Recess appointment, confirmed by the United States Senate at a later date.
- "Standard Search". Federal Law Clerk Information System. Retrieved June 10, 2005.
- primary but incomplete source for the duty stations
- "Instructions for Judicial Directory". Website of the University of Texas Law School. Archived from the original on November 11, 2005. Retrieved July 4, 2005.
- secondary source for the duty stations
- data is current to 2002
- "U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit". Official website of the Federal Judicial Center. Archived from the original on May 2, 2005. Retrieved June 10, 2005.
- source for the state, lifetime, term of active judgeship, term of chief judgeship, term of senior judgeship, appointer, termination reason, and seat information