A few days after President Barack Obama picked Cole County Judge Richard Callahan to be the U.S. Attorney for Missouri's Eastern District, the Democratic chief executive nominated Beth Phillips for the open position.
Phillips - who had served as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2008 - was nominated as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Her nod was announced with several other U.S. attorney nominations.
"The men and women I am nominating today boast impressive legal careers that speak to their exceptional intellect and diligence," said Obama in a statement. "They share a commitment to the pursuit of justice that will make them esteemed U.S. Attorneys and distinguished public servants. I am grateful for their willingness to serve their country."
Both Phillips and Callahan will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate in order to take their positions. If Callahan's nomination is successful, Gov. Jay Nixon will have to pick someone to fill the Democratic judge's position.