Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed Jackson County Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell to the state Supreme Court.
Powell, a Springfield native and Mizzou 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.