Missouri Gov. Mike Parson appointed Decide Robin Ransom to serve on the state’s Supreme Court docket, the place she’ll make historical past as the primary Black girl within the place.
The Republican governor stated he was “proud and honored” to announce this appointment on Monday. Ransom is filling a emptiness from one other decide who retired earlier this yr.
In a press conference, Ransom stated she was “humbled” by the appointment and that it was “not misplaced on me the historic nature … to be the primary African American girl appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court docket.”
“Because the daughter of a fireman who labored and lived in a segregated engine home when he labored for the fireplace division, this can be a very joyful day for my mother, myself and my whole household,” Ransom added.
Ransom previously served on the state’s Court docket of Appeals, to which Parson appointed her in 2019. Earlier than that, she was a circuit decide for town of St. Louis, in addition to a lawyer within the county prosecutor’s and public defender’s workplaces.