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43rd Circuit Judge Thomas Chapman Nominated To Western District Court of Appeals

Missouri’s 43rd Circuit Judge Tom Chapman, is one of three nominees for the opening on the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri and chair of the Appellate Judicial Commission Zel M. Fischer submitted their panel of nominees to fill the vacancy on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District to Governor Mike Parson. This vacancy exists due to the March 2018 retirement of Judge James E. Welsh.

The three nominees are:

Thomas Chapman, Presiding Judge of the 43rd Judicial Circuit (Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb and Livingston counties) in Chillicothe. He was born in 1966. He earned his bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, in political science in 1988 from Westminster College in Fulton; his law degree in 1991 from the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville; and his masters in law in taxation in 1995 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Ann Hansbrough is an associate circuit judge in Platte County

Douglas Thomson is an associate circuit judge in Nodaway County

The governor has 60 days to select one member of the panel to fill the vacancy. If the governor fails to do so, the Missouri Constitution directs the Appellate Judicial Commission to make the appointment.