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Mary Rhodes Russell
Current Court Information:
Missouri Supreme Court
Title:   Chief Justice
Salary:  $140,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Bob Holden
Active:   2004-2018
Chief:   2013-2015
Past post:   Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals
Past chief:   1999-2000
Past term:   1995-2004
Past post 2:   Attorney, Clayton & Rhodes Law Office
Past term 2:   1984-1995
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Truman State University, 1980
Law School:   University of Missouri-Columbia, 1983

Mary R. Russell is the chief justice for the Missouri Supreme Court. She was appointed to the Supreme Court in September 2004 by Governor Bob Holden, and retained in 2006. Her current term ends December 31, 2018.[1]


Russell received a B.A./B.S. from Truman State University in 1980 and her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1983.[2]


Awards and associations


  • 2008: Women's Justice Award, The Daily Record
  • 2007: Rotarian of the Year
  • 2007: Zonta "Woman of Achievement" Jefferson City
  • 2003: Woman of the Year, Women Lawyers Association of St. Louis[3]


  • Lawyers' Association of St. Louis
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • Women Lawyers Association of St. Louis
  • Master, Elwood L. Thomas Inn of Court[3]

For a complete list of Judge Russell's accomplishments, please visit: Judge Russell's Biography[3]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of State Supreme Court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Russell received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.74, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.001 that justices received in Missouri. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[4]

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