Gov. Mike Parson announced Friday that he was appointing Christopher Limbaugh to work as the top attorney in his office.
Limbaugh has served as the prosecuting attorney for Cape Girardeau County since the beginning of 2013, following an appointment by former Gov. Jay Nixon.
Limbaugh was running unopposed for re-election, and on Thursday he filed to withdraw his candidacy, the Southeast Missourian reports.
“Limbaugh brings proven legal experience to our office,” Parson said in a statement. “Not only does he have a wealth of courtroom experience, but his legal work on governmental affairs for the Cape Girardeau County Commission and his state legislature work with the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys is the kind of experience that will benefit our office.”
Limbaugh graduated from law school at the University of Missouri.
He has a number of notable relatives, including his father, Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., who previously was a judge in the Missouri Supreme Court and currently is a United States District Judge. His grandfather is Stephen Limbaugh Sr., a private attorney who retired from a position as a United States District Judge. Christopher Limbaugh is a cousin of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh.
The position was held by Lucinda Luetkemeyer during the administration of former Gov. Eric Greitens.