In a special meeting of the court en banc Jan. 24, the judges of the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri elected Rex M. Burlison presiding judge.
He fills a position vacated when Gov. Mike Parsons appointed Judge Robin Ransom to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.
In November, the court had elected Burlison assistant presiding judge for a term beginning Jan. 2. He served as interim presiding judge after Ransom left on Jan. 17.
Judge Burlison was appointed to the 22nd Judicial Circuit as circuit judge on Aug. 9, 2011, by Gov. Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon.
He had been appointed an associate circuit judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit in March 2000 by Gov. Mel Carnahan.
Judge Burlison was in private law practice from 1980 until 2000.
In 2001 Judge Burlison was appointed as chief counsel of the Eastern District of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. He served in that capacity until 2009, when he was appointed by Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon as director of the office of the governor, Eastern Region.
Also on Jan. 24, the court elected Circuit Judge Michael F. Stelzer assistant presiding judge.