TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Christel Marquardt plans to retire in January after more than 17 years on the state’s second-highest court.
Marquardt turned 77 last month. Kansas law prohibits Court of Appeals judges from asking voters to retain them once they turn 75.
The court said Thursday that Marquardt will step down Jan. 2, just before her current four-year term expires.
Marquardt waited until she was in her 30s and her four children were old enough for school to enter law school and start a career as a lawyer in the 1970s. Gov. Bill Graves appointed her to the appellate court in 1995.
Marquardt’s retirement gives Gov. Sam Brownback a second appointment to the 13-member court. A nominating commission will take applications until Oct. 12.