Gov. Jay Nixon today appointed Associate Circuit Judge Peggy D. Richardson as the new circuit judge for the 26th Judicial Circuit. The new circuit judge position was created by Senate Bill 578 which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor into law earlier this year. The 26thJudicial Circuit covers Camden, Miller, Morgan, Laclede and Moniteau counties.

Gov. Jay Nixon today appointed Associate Circuit Judge Peggy D. Richardson as the new circuit judge for the 26th Judicial Circuit. The new circuit judge position was created by Senate Bill 578 which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor into law earlier this year. The 26th Judicial Circuit covers Camden, Miller, Morgan, Laclede and Moniteau counties.

 “Judge Richardson’s many years of experience, from private practice to assistant prosecuting attorney to associate circuit judge, will serve the people of the 26th Circuit well in her new role,” Gov. Nixon said. “I thank Judge Richardson for continuing her commitment to public service and for her ongoing dedication to our justice system as she takes the bench as a circuit judge of the 26th Judicial Circuit.”

Judge Richardson has served as an associate circuit judge in Moniteau County since first being elected in 1998.  She has been re-elected to the position four times. Judge Richardson earned her undergraduate degrees at State Fair Community College and Central Missouri State University, and her law degree at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Prior to serving as an associate circuit judge, Judge Richardson has served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Morgan County, and as a municipal judge in Tipton, Clarksburg, Jamestown and Smithton.

In a later press release, State Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) commented, “I am proud that Senate Bill 578, which was passed and signed into law this year, contained my request for an additional 26th Circuit Judge. I am thankful the additional judge will be able to assist with the caseload in the district."