Brownback names federal judge’s aide to Kansas appeals court

Kathryn Gardner, Sam Brownback
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback addresses the media on Thursday Jan. 29, 2015, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., where he announced Kathryn Gardner, right, as his nomination to the Kansas Court of Appeals. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital-Journal, Chris Neal)

TOPEKA, Kansasas (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback has nominated a senior federal judge’s longtime legal adviser and research clerk for the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Brownback announced Thursday that he’s chosen Kathryn Gardner of Topeka for the state’s second-highest court. Her appointment is subject to state Senate confirmation.

Gardner has worked for the past 15 years as Senior U.S. District Judge Sam Crow’s law clerk. She also is a former assistant attorney general, had a private law practice for 12 years and was a research attorney for a state Court of Appeals judge for two years after law school.

Brownback cited her legal experience during a news conference but also noted that Gardner writes cowboy poetry.

She would replace Caleb Stegall, who was elevated by Brownback last year to the state Supreme Court.

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