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Presiding Judge for the 39th Judicial District, Jack Goodman

Former Senator Jack Goodman was sworn in last week as Presiding Judge for the 39th Judicial District.

Goodman, who was term limited out, served in the Missouri House in 2002 and was appointed to the state Senate in 2005 following the death of Senator Gene Taylor.
In the 2008 Goodman ran unopposed for a second term for the 29th District seat, which includes McDonald, Lawrence, Barry, Stone, Taney and Ozark counties.

Even though no one was running against Goodman for presiding judge, he did not assume the office early because he had been the chairman of the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

Goodman grew up in Pierce City where he graduated in 1991. He attended the University of Missouri, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Philosophy in 1995 and his law degree in 1998.

He lives in Mount Vernon with his wife, Laura, and two sons, Jack Elliott and William True Goodman