Kristen Burks announces candidacy for Macon County Associate Circuit Judge 


Local attorney and Assistant Prosecutor Kristen Burks has announced her candidacy for Macon County Associate Circuit Judge. 

“I am very excited for this new opportunity to serve my community,” said Burks, “Throughout my career, my focus has always been working for the public good and for the good of my community. I have worked in multiple areas of the law, from my work in private practice to working as a member of domestic violence units, serving as Assistant Prosecutor in both Jackson and Macon Counties, and as the attorney for the Macon County Juvenile Office. I take to heart the responsibilities that come with each job and always remember that every case has a real impact on the lives of people in this community. I have learned that honesty, integrity and a strong work ethic are the marks of a good judge.”

Burks works as a partner of Meisner & Burks, LLC, a law firm she co-founded. She also serves as the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Macon County and is the attorney for the Macon County Juvenile Office.

Burks worked her way through college and law school, earning her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1999. During her 19 years as an attorney, she has worked on cases that cover a wide range of legal and constitutional issues, both civil and criminal. 

Burks commented on her qualifications as a judge, “my professional career has given me the skills to protect the rights of Missourians. My experiences in the courtroom have given me a broad understanding of the legal system, and I am ready to serve as Associate Circuit Judge for the people of Macon County.”

Burks and her husband of 21 years, Matt, are the proud parents of 3 children: Sofia (14) and twin siblings Joseph (11) and Stella (11). The family attends Macon First Baptist Church, and are members of several area organizations. Burks is the Vice-President of the Macon County Rotary Club, the President of the Macon County Economic Development Board, and serves on the Macon Library Board. For the past 3 years, she has been entrusted by her colleagues as the President of the 41st Judicial Circuit Bar Association.

On April 12th Burks submitted 160 signatures to County Clerk Shirley Sims to place her name on the general election ballot as an Independent candidate. Joining her in her campaign is Chuck Spencer, who will serve as treasurer on her committee along with Kathy Foley as deputy treasurer.