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The Honorable Robert H. Cleland was appointed a United States District Judge by President George Bush, and was commissioned on June 19, 1990. He was born in St. Clair, Michigan, spent his youth in Port Huron and received his B.A. Degree from Michigan State University in 1969. He received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972. From 1972 through 1975, he was in private practice of law in Port Huron, Michigan with his father, Delmer L. Cleland, and during those years also served part-time as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the County of St. Clair. In 1981, having been elevated through the ranks of the prosecuting attorney's office in the preceding nine years, he was elected Prosecuting Attorney and was reelected, without opposition, for two succeeding terms. In that capacity he also represented the county's civil interests in state and federal courts as the county's corporation counsel. He was the Republican candidate for Michigan Attorney General in 1986, and served as president of the Prosecuting Attorney's Association of Michigan 1988-1989.

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