Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Diane C. Howard, of Cape Girardeau, to the Missouri Gaming Commission, according to a press release sent out by Nixon’s office.

The Gaming Commission enforces the statutes and regulations relating to charitable bingo and riverboat gambling. The Governor has appointed Howard (D) for a term that expires April 29, 2015. The appointment will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.

Howard is a partner with the Cape Girardeau law firm, The Limbaugh Firm, and has been with the firm since 1984. Prior to joining that firm, she served four years active duty with the United States Navy (JAG Corps) as a criminal prosecutor. She is retired from the Navy Reserves after 25 years total military service with the rank of Captain.

Howard is a graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law, and has been active on several state and local bar association committees. She also has served on several civic organizations and boards, including serving on the Cape Girardeau Health Department Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2012.