© 2022 St. Louis Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Blunt appoints Breckenridge to Supreme Court

Judge Breckenridge


Nevada, MO. – Governor Matt Blunt has appointed appeals court Judge Patricia Breckenridge to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Breckenridge will replace Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White, who resigned in July.

She was one of three candidates submitted to Blunt by a special judicial selection panel that privately screens applicants for Supreme Court vacancies.

Until today, Blunt had left open the possibility that he might reject the entire slate of candidates.

But the governor says after intensive interview with all three candidates, he believes Breckenridge's judicial philosophy is closest to his own.

"I accept her comments that she believes judges should interpret the law and not try and make the law from the bench and not allow their own personal preferences affect how they interpret the constitution and statutes," Blunt said.

Breckenridge says the written and oral interview process was intense but needed.

"The scrutiny of the governor and the public is warranted in this kind of position, so you just go with the process," Breckenridge said.

Breckenridge was previously appointed to the Appellate Court by Republican Governor John Ashcroft in 1990.

Send questions and comments about this story to feedback@stlpublicradio.org.