Mt. Vernon -- Jack Goodman (R) has announced his candidacy for the position of presiding judge of Missouri's 39th Judicial Circuit. The circuit is composed of Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties.
Goodman has practiced law in the 39th circuit for 14 years. In addition to serving as an assistant prosecuting attorney for five years and serving clients in a variety of legal fields, Goodman has represented the people of southwest Missouri in the state legislature for the past decade. Goodman currently serves as chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary & Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence.
"Having practiced law for 14 years and made laws for 10 years, I am excited to bring that unique balance of experience and knowledge to the court, where I will work hard, faithfully follow the law and perform the duties of judge in a fair and impartial manner," said Goodman.
By law in Missouri, circuit judges must retire at age 70, which will leave the seat vacant when Judge Robert Wiley must retire later this year.
"Judge Wiley has been a tireless and conscientious judge for the people of the 39th circuit," said Goodman. "We've been fortunate to have him on the bench."
The position will be on the 2012 ballot.
An active church member, Goodman is also a past president of the 39th Judicial Circuit Bar Association, is involved in local civic organizations and has received numerous awards for legislative and community service.
A graduate of Pierce City High School, Goodman earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his juris doctor degree from the University of
Missouri-Columbia School of Law.
In September 2007, Senator Goodman was elected assistant majority floor leader of the Missouri State Senate, a position in which he continues to serve.
Born in Aurora, Goodman lives in Lawrence County with his wife, Laura, and sons, Jack Elliott Goodman and William True Goodman.