Robert Bruce King

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Robert King
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Assumed office
October 9, 1998
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Kenneth Hall
Personal details
Born January 1940 (age 79)
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater West Virginia University, Morgantown

Robert Bruce King (born January 1940) is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Early life and education

Born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, King earned a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in 1961 and a law degree from West Virginia University in 1968.

Professional career

King worked as an active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 until 1964. After graduating from law school, King clerked for U.S. District Judge John A. Field from 1968 to 1969, and then worked in private practice in Charleston, West Virginia from 1969 until 1970. He worked as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1970 until 1974, and then returned to private practice in West Virginia between 1975 and 1977. King returned to government service in 1977, working as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia from 1977 until 1981, prosecuting a number of high-profile political corruption, coal mine fraud and drug cases during his tenure as the top federal prosecutor in the region. He then returned to private practice, working as a lawyer in Charleston from 1981 until his appointment to the Fourth Circuit.

Federal judicial service

President Clinton nominated King to the Fourth Circuit on June 24, 1998. He had the support of both of his state's senators at that time: Sen. Robert Byrd and Sen. Jay Rockefeller. "I could not be more pleased," he told the Charleston Gazette in an article that was published on June 25, 1998. "It's the utmost compliment to be recommended and supported by Sen. Byrd and Sen. Rockefeller. And the expression of support by President Clinton is the greatest honor of my life."

The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed King to his Fourth Circuit seat in a voice vote on October 8, 1998.

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Preceded by
Kenneth Hall
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit