Judge Robert Charles Chambers, Southern West Virginia U.S. District Court

Judge Robert Charles Chambers 

Southern West Virginia U.S. District Court

Robert Charles “Chuck” Chambers was born in August 1952 in Williamson, West Virginia. He earned his undergraduate degree from Marshall University and received a Juris Doctor from West Virginia University College of Law. He entered private practice. 

He served a year as legal counsel to the West Virginia State Senate. He was elected a delegate to the West Virginia House of Delegates where he served 18 years, the last ten of which he was Speaker. 

He was nominated to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia by President Bill Clinton. He was confirmed by the Senate and received his commission in September 1997. He served as Chief Judge from 2012 to 2017. 

In the News…

U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers ruled that West Virginia Medicaid’s refusal to cover gender-affirming surgeries for the treatment of gender dysphoria “invidiously discriminates on the basis of sex and transgender status.” 

He said the categorial exclusion of transgender health care violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Affordable Care Act, and the Medicaid Act. 

West Virginia had been one of nine states whose Medicaid program explicitly excludes coverage for gender-affirming health care. Exceptions include Ohio, where officials have said the ban is not being enforced, and Arkansas, whose 2021 Medicaid ban only applies to minors. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Chambers today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Robert C. Chambers 
Southern West Virginia U.S. District Court 
Sidney L. Christie Federal Building, 2nd Floor 
845 Fifth Ave 
Huntington, WV 25701-2014 


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