Richard Mills

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This page is about the U.S. District Judge for the Central District of Illinois. If you are looking for the California Superior Court judge for San Diego County, please see Richard E. Mills.
Richard Mills
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #3T
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   7/22/1985 - 10/7/1997
Senior:   10/7/1997 - Present
Preceded by:   James Ackerman
Succeeded by:   Jeanne Scott
Personal History
Born:   1929
Hometown:   Beardstown, IL
Undergraduate:   Illinois College, B.A., 1951
Law School:   Mercer U. School of Law, J.D., 1957
Grad. School:   U. of Virginia School of Law, LL.M., 1982
Military service:   U.S. Army 1952 - 1954

Richard Henry Mills is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He joined the court in 1985 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. He is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

A native of Illinois, Mills graduated from Illinois College with his bachelor's degree in 1951, his J.D. from the Mercer University School of Law in 1957, and his L.L.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1982.[1]

Professional career

Mills started his legal career in private practice, and then worked as a State's Attorney for the Cass County from 1960 until 1964. From 1966 through 1976, Mills served as a circuit court judge in the 8th Judicial Circuit of Illinois. From 1976 until his appointment to the federal bench, Mills served as a Justice on the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District.[1]

Judicial career

Central District of Illinois

Mills was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on June 25, 1985, to a seat vacated by James Ackerman. Mills was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 19, 1985, and received commission on July 22, 1985. Mills assumed senior status on October 7, 1997.[1] Mills was succeeded in this position by Jeanne Scott.

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Political offices
Preceded by:
James Ackerman
Central District of Illinois
Seat #3T
Succeeded by:
Jeanne Scott