Missouri Supreme Court Judge Patricia Ransom

JUDGE PATRICIA RANSOM (right) became the first Black woman appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court following an announcement by Gov. Mike Parson (left) May 24, 2021.

Gov. Mike Parson appointed the Honorable Robin Ransom as the next Judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri. She will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Laura Denvir Stith in early March.

“Appointing a judge to the Supreme Court of Missouri is an important duty that I do not take lightly. I am proud and honored to name Judge Robin Ransom as the newest member of the state’s highest court,” Parson said when the appointment was announced May 24. “Judge Ransom will add valuable experience, perspective, and balance to the court. I have high confidence that she will continue to be a fair enforcer of the law, faithfully interpret the law as written, and reasonably consider decisions made at the trial and appellate level in her own evaluation.” 

Ransom was appointed to serve on the Eastern District Court of Appeals by Governor Parson in 2019. Before serving on the appellate bench, Ransom was appointed as a circuit judge for the city of St. Louis by Gov. Matt Blunt in 2008. 

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Ransom served for six years as a family court commissioner in the city of St. Louis. She also previously served in the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as well as the St. Louis County Public Defender’s Office.

Ransom holds a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and an undergraduate degree in political science and sociology from Douglass Residential College-Rutgers University.

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