1 July 2001
Limbaugh Becomes Chief Justice
JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri on Sunday, July 1, 2001, for a two-year term ending June 30, 2003. His selection was by unanimous election of the judges of the Court. Judge Limbaugh succeeded the former Chief Justice, William Ray Price, Jr.
Chief Justice Limbaugh was educated in the Cape Girardeau public schools and later graduated from Southern Methodist University (Bachelor of Arts, 1973; Juris Doctor, 1976) and the University of Virginia (Master of Laws in Judicial Process, 1998).
Judge Limbaugh worked in private practice with the Cape Girardeau law firm of Limbaugh, Limbaugh & Russell from 1977-78. In November 1978, he was elected prosecuting attorney of Cape Girardeau County and served from 1979-1982. He then returned to private practice with the Limbaugh firm from 1983 until September 1987, when he was appointed Circuit Judge for a portion of an unexpired term. He was elected in 1988 for the remainder of the unexpired term and re-elected in 1990 for a full six-year term. He has served as a Supreme Court judge since August 1992.
Judge Limbaugh is married to the former Marsha D. Moore. They have two sons, Stephen III and Christopher. Judge Limbaugh’s father, Stephen N. Limbaugh, is a Senior United States District Judge in St. Louis.