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Barnes, Gaston, Goodman, and Ehlmann headline lengthy list of those applying for Missouri Supreme Court vacancy


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Bar and Gov. Eric Greitens have a long list of people who applied to become the next person nominated to the Missouri Supreme Court.

The commission announced the list of 31 Missourians who applied to be considered to replace Judge Richard B. Teitelman who passed away last year. Former Gov. Jay Nixon chose not to rush the selection and allow Greitens to make the selection. The commission announced that among the list are two women, and one minority applicant.

The list is headlined by Rep. Jay Barnes, former state Senator and current judge Jack Goodman, former representative and current Judge Doug Gaston, and former state Senator and St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann. Also of note is former Missouri Republican Party chairman and former congressional and attorney general candidate Ed Martin as well as attorney Ben Lipman, whose family has ties to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Fifteen of the applicants are from outside the three metropolitan areas and Sixteen of the applicants work in the public sector. 12 of the applicants are trial court or appellate court judges. By law, the commission will interview all 31 applicants. The full list of applicants follows:

  • Jason O. “Jay” Barnes
  • Benjamin A. Lipman
  • Jon E. Beetem
  • Gary W. Lynch
  • Alan M. Blankenship
  • Shaun J. Mackelprang
  • Dennis J. Capriglione
  • Edward R. Martin Jr.
  • R. Craig Carter
  • Jeffery T. McPherson
  • Timothy S. Davis
  • Terrence M. Messonnier
  • Kirk H. Doan
  • John B. Morthland
  • David A. Dolan
  • Stephen J. O’Brien
  • Steven E. Ehlmann
  • Timothy W. Perigo
  • Richard A. Gartner
  • W. Brent Powell
  • Douglas D. Gaston
  • Sherry A. Rozell
  • Jack A.L. Goodman
  • Richard L. Schnake
  • Lisa White Hardwick
  • Erwin O. Switzer III
  • Larry D. Harman
  • Robert E. Tucker
  • Joseph L. Hensley
  • Paul N. Venker
  • Michael D. Hodge

The commission says that they expect to conduct interviews Tuesday, February 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. The interviews will be conducted at the Supreme Court building and the interviews are open to the public. Following the interviews committee plans to meet March 1 to select the three nominees that will be forwarded to the Governor for consideration.