Kansas Senate confirms court appointment

Caleb Stegall

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Senate has confirmed Gov. Sam Brownback’s appointment of his chief counsel to the state Court of Appeals.

The Senate voted Wednesday on Caleb Stegall’s nomination to the state’s second-highest court.

The outcome was expected because Brownback’s fellow conservative Republicans have a supermajority in the Senate. None of them publicly expressed misgivings about his appointment.

The 41-year-old Stegall will be the youngest member of the Court of Appeals or Kansas Supreme Court by about a decade.

Brownback’s critics expect Stegall to be a reliably conservative voice on the bench. However, he pledged during a confirmation hearing to remain impartial and received strong written endorsements from a bipartisan group of prominent attorneys.

Some Brownback critics saw the appointment as cronyism, yet acknowledged that Stegall is qualified.

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