Obama appoints new federal judge for Western District of Missouri
President Barack Obama has nominated a Springfield attorney and former Missouri House member for a federal judgeship.
The White House announced the nomination of 57-year-old Doug Harpool on Thursday. If confirmed, Harpool would serve on the U.S. District Court for the 66-county Western District of Missouri.
Harpool received his law degree in 1980 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He served in the Missouri House from 1983 to 1992 and chaired the chamber's Judiciary Committee.
In 2011, Harpool chaired a bipartisan state commission responsible for drawing new Missouri Senate districts based upon the 2010 census.
He currently practices civil law with the Springfield firm of Baird, Lightner, Millsap and Harpool .