Mary Rhodes Russell

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Mary Rhodes Russell
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri
Assumed office
July 1, 2013
Preceded by Richard B. Teitelman
Judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri
Assumed office
Appointed by Bob Holden
Preceded by William Duane Benton
Personal details
Born (1958-07-28) July 28, 1958 (age 56)
Hannibal, Missouri[1]
Spouse(s) Jim Russell
Alma mater Northeast Missouri State University
University of Missouri School of Law
Religion Episcopal

Mary Rhodes Russell (born July 28, 1958, Hannibal, Missouri) is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri. She assumed the position on July 1, 2013, upon the conclusion of the two year term of her predecessor, Richard B. Teitelman. She was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2004 by Governor Bob Holden, a Democrat.

In 1980 she graduated summa cum laude from Northeast Missouri State University and received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Missouri. She served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Missouri before entering private practice in Hannibal.

She served on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, from 1994 to 2004 and was its chief judge from 1999 to 2000.

She is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority.


  1. ^ Official Manual of Missouri, 2009-2010

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