Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed Jackson County Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell to the state Supreme Court.
Powell, a Springfield native and University of Missouri law grad, will fill a seat on the seven-member court that has been vacant since Judge Richard Teitelman died in November.
At age 46, he will be the youngest member of the Missouri Supreme Court.
Kansas City lawyers who dealt with Powell, both when he was a prosecutor and a judge, applauded his selection.
“In his years on the bench, Judge Brent Powell has established himself as an outstanding jurist,” Greitens said in a release. “He has received high marks for being humble, fair-minded and of the highest integrity. I am confident Judge Powell will be committed to strengthening and improving our court system and guarding the rule of law as a judge on our state’s highest court.”