Governor Eric Greitens has appointed Theresa Counts Burke, of St. Louis, as Circuit Court Judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit, which covers the City of St. Louis. The position became vacant due to the retirement of the Honorable John J. Riley.
Theresa Counts Burke has served as an Associate Circuit Judge for the City of St. Louis since 2008. She is currently the Presiding Associate Circuit Judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit. During her time on the bench, Judge Burke has chaired the Missouri Supreme Court Committee for Access to Family Courts and the 22nd Judicial Circuit Weighted Workload Committee.
Judge Burke is an active member of the community, volunteering as a mentor, lecturer, and volunteer to area schools and universities. Prior to becoming an Associate Circuit Court Judge, Judge Burke was a Municipal Court Judge for the City of St. Louis and a private practitioner. She received her law degree from Saint Louis University and her undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
“Theresa Counts Burke is a proven and dedicated public servant,” said Governor Greitens. “I look forward to her continued service as an honest, judicious, and fair judge on the Circuit Court bench for many years to come.”