Three of Missouri’s seven Supreme Court Justices have been appointed by GOP Governors. Missouri uses a merit selection system of selecting judges. A commission screens candidates, makes recommendations to the governor who then appoints from that shortlist. Powell will face a retention vote for a 12-year term in the next election.
Jackson County Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell was appointed Tuesday to the Missouri Supreme Court, marking the first high-profile judicial selection by new Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.
Powell will replace former Judge Richard Teitelman, who died in November at his home in St. Louis.
Powell, a 46-year-old Kansas City resident, was appointed by former Republican Gov. Matt Blunt as a Jackson County judge in 2008. He previously spent seven years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Kansas City and also worked as an assistant Platte County prosecutor.