Governor Appoints to Appellate Court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Gov. Sam Brownback has named two Kansas trial judges to the state Court of Appeals.

Brownback on Friday announced the appointments of Sedgwick County District Judge Tony Powell and Stevens County District Judge Kim Schroeder to the state’s second-highest court.

Powell served in the Kansas House for eight years and was a leader among conservative, anti-abortion Republicans before becoming a judge in 2003. He’ll fill a vacancy on the appeals court created by the October death of Chief Judge Richard Greene.

Schroeder was appointed to the trial court in Stevens County in 1999 by then-Gov. Bill Graves, a moderate Republican. He will replace Court Appeals Judge Christel Marquardt, who’s retiring.

Each came from a separate pool of three finalists named by a statewide nominating commission.