Honorable Duane Benton
Judge
United States Circuit Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

JUDGE DUANE BENTON was named to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit in June, 2004. He was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court on August 16, 1991, and retained in office by the people at the November 1992 election. On July 1, 1997, the other Judges of the Court elected him Chief Justice for a two-year term that ended June 30, 1999. He is the only Certified Public Accountant ever to serve on the federal court of appeals.Born in Springfield, Missouri, Judge Benton grew up in Mountain View, Willow Springs, and Cape Girardeau. He is a 1972 graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Benton received a law degree from Yale Law School in 1975, distinguishing himself as editor and managing editor of the Yale Law Journal. Selected as a Danforth fellow, he completed the Senior Executives Program at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has also accomplished the post-graduate Appellate Judges Course at the Institute of Judicial Administration, New York University. Judge Benton earned an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia. He has also received Doctor of Laws (honorary) degrees from both Central Missouri State University and Westminster College.From 1975 to 1979 Judge Benton served with the U.S. Navy as a judge advocate. While in the Navy, he attended Memphis State University and earned a masterís in business administration and accountancy, with a perfect 4.0 grade average. Benton became a certified public accountant in Missouri in 1983. From 1989 to 1991, Judge Benton served as the 14th Director of Revenue in the history of Missouri. While Director of Revenue, he authored the Missouri Taxpayer Bill of Rights, initiated the short-form state tax return, administered income tax refunds to retirees, and led Missouri to ninth place among all states in sales-tax audits of out-of-state firms. He also served on the Multistate Tax Commission, with tax administrators from 32 other states, who elected him Chair, and as President of the Midwestern State Association of Tax Administrators.Judge Benton, a Vietnam veteran, is retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve, at the rank of Captain, having graduated from the Naval War College. He belongs to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Navy League, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Military Order of the World Wars, and served on the Missouri Military Advisory Commission.Judge Benton is also an adjunct professor at both Westminster College and the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Law.A deacon and trustee of the First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, he is former counsel to the Missouri Baptist Convention. Judge Benton is a member of the American, Missouri and Cole County Bar Associations; the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.Duane and his spouse Sandra a registered nurse are the parents of two children, daughter Megan and son Grant.(revised 10/06)