Brian C. Wimes

Brian Curtis Wimes (born January 18, 1966) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Despite his dual appointment, Wimes maintains chambers only in the Western District of Missouri.

Brian Wimes graduated from the University of Kansas, in 1990, with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in political science. He briefly worked for the Kansas City school district prior to entering law school. He graduated from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1994. From 1994 to 1995, he worked as an Attorney Advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons Litigation Branch, in Washington, D.C. From 1995 to 2001, he worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Jackson County Prosecutors Office. From 2001 to 2007, he served as Drug Court Commissioner in Jackson County. In 2007 he was appointed circuit court judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri by Governor Matt Blunt, a position he held until his confirmation as a district judge.

On September 22, 2011, President Obama nominated Wimes for District Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western District of Missouri to the seat vacated by Judge Nanette Kay Laughrey. He received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 14, 2011 and his nomination was reported to the floor favorably by voice vote on December 15, 2011. On April 23, 2012, the Senate confirmed his nomination by a vote of 92 ayes to 1 nay, Senator Lee casting the lone nay vote. He received his commission on April 30, 2012, and was sworn in the same day.