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18th Judicial District

Judge Ben Burgess

Judge Ben Burgess

Year Elected:  2002 & 2006
Administrative Aide:  Christine Thomson
Court Reporter: Janese Blaylock, CSR

Education:  BA - Kansas Wesleyan University, 1966
                      JD - Washburn University School of Law, 1971
Prior Professional Experience:  Prior to taking the bench in January, 2003, Judge Burgess was an Assistant County Attorney in Reno County in 1972, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1973 - 1978, and from 1980 - 1984.  He was court appointed as U.S. Attorney for Kansas in 1984, then appointed by President Ronald Reagan to that position in 1985.  He left as U.S. Attorney in 1990.  From 1978 to 1980, he was in private practice in Arkansas City, Kansas.  Between 1990 and 2000, Judge Burgess was a litigation attorney and Director of Ethics and Business Conduct for Koch Industries, Inc.  By appointment of Gov. Bill Graves, Burgess served on the Kansas Parole Board from May, 2000 until his election as District Judge in 2002.

Judge Burgess is a member of several local, state and national professional organizations and has held offices in many of them.  He belongs to the Wichita Bar Association and the Kansas Bar Association currently.  He is a past President of the WBA (1997) and served on the Board of Governors of the KBA (1998 - 2004).  He currently is the Chairman of the KBA Bench - Bar Committee.  He has served on the boards of several local organizations, including Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Sedgwick County and Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers, and is a past president of the Wichita Crime Commission and past chairman of Project Freedom, a community anti-drug coalition.  He served also as a board member of a national business ethics organization, the Ethics Officer Association.


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