A state representative is among the three nominees submitted to Governor Nixon to fill a vacancy on the Eastern District Missouri Court of Appeals.
The Appellate Judicial Commission has announced the nominees to replace retiring Judge Booker Shaw are State Representative Democrat Rachel Bringer, a lawyer from Palmyra; St. Louis County Circuit Judge Gary Gaertner, Jr.; and Thomas Weaver, a partner in the law firm Armstrong Teasdale in St. Louis.
Shaw has announced he will retire January 30th. Under the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan, the Appellate Judicial Commission, chaired by Supreme Court Chief Justice Ray Price, reviews applications and submits three nominees to the governor. Nixon will choose among the three who will replace Shaw. If he doesn’t make a choice, the commission makes it.
The Appellate Judicial Commission released the following biographies of the nominees:
Bringer is in the sole practice of law in Palmyra and, since 2003, has served as the state representative from District 6 (Palmyra). She was born Sept. 19, 1971. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in English with a minor in political science in 1992 and her law degree in 1995, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Bringer lives in Palmyra.
Gaertner is a circuit judge in the 21st Judicial Circuit (St. Louis County). He was born Dec. 17, 1964. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in economics in 1987 from the Saint Louis University School of Business Honors Program and his law degree, cum laude, in 1990, from Saint Louis University School of Law. Gaertner lives in St. Louis.
Weaver is a partner with the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale LLP in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 26, 1951. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in English with a certificate in secondary school teaching in 1974 from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and his law degree, magna cum laude, in 1978 from Saint Louis University School of Law. Weaver lives in Glendale, Mo.