State Rep. Rachel Bringer, D-Palmyra, was named as one of the three finalists for a vacancy on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.
Before opening a solo law practice, Bringer was a assistant prosecutor in Marion County. She also worked as a law clerk for James Reinhard from 1995 to 1997. She completed her undergraduate and law school work at the University of Missouri.
Bringer has played a key role over the last few years in debating and discussing legislation for the Democratic caucus. Earlier this year, she had a pointed discussion with House Speaker Ron Richard, R-Joplin, about how her bills weren't going through the proper channels. She is also one of a number of House Democrats who opposes abortion rights.
Bringer is barred from running again for her state legislative seat. If Gov. Jay Nixon selects her for the vacancy, there could be a special election before the next election cycle. Bringer's seat has traditionally leaned Democratic.
The other two finalists are Gary M. Gaertner Jr., who serves as a St. Louis County Circuit Judge, and Thomas B. Weaver, a partner at the St. Louis-based Armstrong Teasdale.