On Monday, April 23, 2012,
the Senate confirmed Brian C.
Wimes as a U.S. District Judge
for the Western and Eastern
Districts of Missouri. He fills
the vacancy left by Judge Nanette K. Laughrey, who
took senior status in August 2011. Judge Wimes was
sworn in on April 30.
Judge Wimes was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He
received his undergraduate degree from the University
of Kansas in 1990 and his law degree from Texas
Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of
Law in 1994. Prior to law school he taught in the
Kansas City, Missouri, school system.
From 1994 to 1995 he worked as an Attorney Advisor
in the litigation branch of the Bureau of Prisons
at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
From 1995 to 2001 he served as an Assistant Prosecutor
for Jackson County, Missouri, where he went
on to serve as a Drug Court Commissioner until
In 2007 he was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge
for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, where he served
until his appointment to the federal bench.
In addition to his legal work, he is a former member
of the board of directors for Hope House Domestic
Violence Shelter and the Mental Health Association
of the Heartland. He also volunteered for four years
with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City.