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Statement In Honor Of Judge Ronnie White

Rep. Russ Carnahan

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Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize Judge Ronnie White, who recently retired from the Missouri Supreme Court.

Ronnie White was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1953, and received degrees from St. Louis Community College, St. Louis University, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Judge White has a long and storied career in public service. This work included jobs as a Public Defender, at the St. Louis City Counselor's office, and as a State legislator in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Since 1994, Judge White has been serving the State of Missouri as a Judge. From 1994 to 1995, he served as a Judge for the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals.

He was appointed by my father, Governor Mel Carnahan, in 1995 and served on the Supreme Court of Missouri until his retirement last week.

During his tenure on the Supreme Court, from 2003 to 2005, he served as the State's first African-American Chief Justice.

Judge White's service to Missouri has extended well beyond being a lawyer and a Judge. He has also been dedicated to numerous other causes, having served on boards of the St. Louis Housing Authority, the Regional Justice Information Services Commission, and the Maria Droste Residence for Women.

I am privileged to call Judge Ronnie White a friend, and am honored to pay tribute to him today for his great service to our State.