July 18, 2011
Gov. Nixon appoints Robert Clayton III of Hannibal to Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the appointment of Robert M. Clayton III, of Hannibal, to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. Clayton will fill a vacancy on the appellate court created by the resignation of the Honorable Nanette Baker, who stepped down to become a federal magistrate.
Clayton is a 1994 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, and a 1991 graduate of Southern Methodist University. After graduating from law school, he practiced law in Hannibal until being named to the Public Service Commission in 2003. Clayton served as chairman of the PSC from 2009 to 2011.
Clayton represented the 10th District in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1995 until 2002. During his tenure in the General Assembly, he was appointed to several committees, including the Judiciary and Criminal Laws committees and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, and also chaired the House Ethics Committee.
"Robert Clayton's many years of experience as a public servant and in practicing law will serve him and the people of Missouri well on the appellate bench," Gov. Nixon said.
Clayton currently sits on the board of the Mark Twain Home Foundation, a non-profit organization that manages historic properties relating to downtown Hannibal, and on the board of Affordable Community Education Inc., which was established to raise funds to support a Hannibal community college campus affiliated with Moberly Area Community College. He formerly served on the board of the Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop.
Clayton was one of three nominees for this judgeship submitted to Gov. Nixon by the Appellate Judicial Commission for the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.