|Judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri|
|Nominated by||Matt Blunt|
|Preceded by||Ronnie L. White|
October 14, 1953 |
|Spouse(s)||Bryan C. Breckenridge|
|Alma mater||University of Arkansas
University of Missouri School of Law
Patricia Breckenridge is a Judge on the Supreme Court of Missouri. She was born in Nevada, Missouri, and received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri. Governor Kit Bond appointed her as a judge in Vernon County, Missouri in 1982. She was subsequently elected to the position three times. Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed her to the Missouri Court of Appeals in 1990, and she was retained twice in general elections.
Breckenridge was one of three candidates Missouri's Appellate Judicial Commission proposed to governor Matt Blunt to replace retiring Judge Ronnie White on the Missouri Supreme Court. Blunt expressed reservations about any candidate proposed by the Commission, but he favored Breckenridge over the two more liberal candidates and appointed her in September, 2007.
Her appointment was an important test for the Missouri Plan for selecting judges, as even Breckenridge (and Blunt's decision to appoint her) had been criticized by conservative interest groups.
- Official Manual of Missouri, 2009-2010
- Official Manual - State of Missouri 2003-2004
- Young, Virginia (2007-09-08). "Blunt picks new high court judge Patricia Breckenridge's appointment means seven-member court will have three women for first time." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- Kit Wagar (September 7, 2007). "Conservatives denounce governor’s pick for the Missouri Supreme Court". Kansas City Star.
- Rob Luke (September 10, 2007). "Gov. wanted another Roberts for Mo. SC, picks Breckenridge instead". Legal Newsline.
- Judge Patricia Breckenridge on the Missouri Supreme Court website
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