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Former Missouri lawmaker nominated for federal bench

Friday, August 2, 2013 | 8:50 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — President Barack Obama has nominated a Springfield attorney and former Missouri House member for a federal judgeship.

The White House announced the nomination of 57-year-old Doug Harpool on Thursday. If confirmed, Harpool would serve on the U.S. District Court for the 66-county Western District of Missouri.

Harpool received his law degree in 1980 from MU. He served in the Missouri House from 1983 to 1992 and chaired the chamber's Judiciary Committee.

In 2011, Harpool chaired a bipartisan state commission responsible for drawing new Missouri Senate districts based upon the 2010 census.

He currently practices civil law with the Springfield firm of Baird, Lightner, Millsap and Harpool.


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