RICHMOND, Va. -- Judge Andre Davis of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals plans to take senior status after he turns 65 in February.
The upcoming vacancy is listed on the U.S. courts' website (http://1.usa.gov/NTddWb ), and the judge's office confirmed his plans Friday.
In 2009 Davis became the first of six judges appointed by President Barack Obama to the 15-member Richmond-based appeals court.
The court once was widely considered the most conservative federal appeals court in the nation.
Davis was a U.S. District Court judge in his native Baltimore before joining the federal appeals court that hears cases from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Semi- retired senior judges continue to receive their salary but have a lighter caseload.
Obama will nominate a successor to Davis.
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