Gov. Mike Parson
appointed Judge Robin Ransom
to the state Supreme Court
, where she will be the state's first Black woman.
Ransom fills a vacancy left by another judge who retired earlier this year, according to the Republican governor
, who said he was "proud and honored" to make the announcement on Monday.
Ransom said in a press conference that she was "humbled" by the appointment and that it was "not lost on me the historic nature
... of being the first African American woman appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court."
“As the daughter of a firefighter who worked and lived in a segregated engine house
when he was in the fire department, this is a very happy day for my mom, myself, and my entire family,” Ransom added.
Missouri has an 80% white population and a black population of less than 12%.
Ransom previously served on the Missouri Court of Appeals, where Parson appointed her in 2019. Prior to that, she was a circuit judge for the city of St. Louis
, as well as a lawyer in the county prosecutor's and public defender's offices.
I am proud and honored to appoint Judge Robin Ransom to Missouri's highest court. https://t.co/A7Lbbr10VS
pic.twitter.com/NBrvJrRRt4 — Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) May 24, 2021