TOPEKA – Caleb Stegall is preparing to join the Kansas Supreme Court after serving as a judge on a lower court and as a top aide to Gov. Sam Brownback.
The Supreme Court was having a special session Friday for Stegall’s swearing in.
Brownback elevated the 43-year-old Stegall to state’s highest court in August after naming him to the Kansas Court of Appeals last year.
Previously, Stegall served as Brownback’s chief counsel.
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Before joining the administration in January 2011, Stegall was Jefferson County’s elected prosecutor for two years.
It is the conservative Republican governor’s first appointment to the seven-member Supreme Court.
Stegall will replace former Justice Nancy Moritz. President Barack Obama appointed her to the federal appeals court for Kansas and five other western and Plains states.