Ronald Leighton

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Ronald Leighton
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #7
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   11/26/2002 - Present
Preceded by:   Robert Bryan
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Stockton, CA
Undergraduate:   Whitworth College, 1973
Law School:   UC Hastings College of Law, 1976

Ronald Leighton is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. He joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]


Leighton graduated from Whitworth College with his bachelor's degree in 1973 and later graduated from the University of California-Hastings College of Law with his J.D. in 1976.[1]

Professional career

Leighton spent his legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Washington from 1976 to 2002.[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Washington

Leighton was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2002, to a seat vacated by Judge Robert Bryan. Leighton was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 14, 2002, and received commission on November 26, 2002.[1][2]

Notable cases

Washington R-71 (2009)

     United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (Family PAC v. Washington Public Disclosure Commission, 3:09-cv-05662-RBL)

On October 27, 2009, Judge Leighton ruled against Washington Family PAC in a lawsuit challenging Washington State's $5,000 in 21 days rule. The group sued the Washington Public Disclosure commission over the law that prohibits large contributions over $5,000 in the last three weeks of the election. The judge ruled that it was not in the court's best interest to change the rules of the game at the last minute.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Robert Bryan
Western District of Washington
Seat #7
Succeeded by: