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John Andrew Ross

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Appointed by  Barack Obama
Alma mater  Emory University
Role  Judge
Preceded by  Charles Shaw
Name  John Ross
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Education  Emory University, Emory University School of Law

John Andrew Ross (born 1954) is a District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.


Early life and education

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Ross earned a bachelor's degree in 1976 from Emory University and a law degree in 1979 from Emory University School of Law.

Professional career

From 1979 until 1991, Ross worked for the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office, as an assistant prosecuting attorney from 1979 until 1986, as an assistant chief trial attorney from 1986 until 1988, and as a chief trial attorney from 1988 until 1991. He also served as a special assistant attorney general in the Missouri attorney general's office in 1984, and he was a special assistant prosecuting attorney for the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office in 1989.

From 1991 until 2000, Ross served as the County Counselor for St. Louis County. Since 2000, he has served as a circuit judge for Missouri's 21st Judicial Circuit. He was an assistant presiding judge from 2005 until 2009, and he has been a presiding judge since 2009.

Federal judicial service

After applying for a vacant federal district court seat, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill personally interviewed Ross on March 13, 2010. On December 1, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Ross to fill the vacancy created by the decision by Judge Charles Alexander Shaw to take senior status at the end of 2009.

The Senate confirmed Ross by unanimous consent on September 20, 2011. He received his judicial commission on October 11, 2011.


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