Patricia Breckenridge

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Patricia Breckenridge
Court Information:
Missouri Supreme Court
Title:   Judge
Salary:  $148,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Matt Blunt
Active:   2007-2020
Past post:   Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals
Past term:   1990-2007
Past post 2:   Judge, Missouri 28th Judicial Circuit Court
Past term 2:   1982-1990
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Missouri-Columbia
Law School:   University of Missouri-Columbia

Patricia Breckenridge is a judge on the Missouri Supreme Court. She was appointed to this position in 2007 by Governor Matt Blunt. She was retained by voters in 2008 and her current term ends in 2016.


Breckenridge received her B.S. in Agricultural Economics and J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.[1]


Awards and associations


  • 2008: Women Lawyers' of Greater St. Louis Honoree
  • 2007: Judicial Recognition Award, Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
  • 2005: Daily Record's Legal Leader Award[2]


  • 2006-present Board of Directors, Missouri Institute for Justice
  • 2005-present Member, Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance
  • 1998-present Mentor, St. Vincent's Operation Breakthrough Day Care Center[2]

To see a complete list of Judge Breckenridge's accomplishments, please visit: Judge Breckenridge's Biography.


2008 election

Breckenridge was retained in her post on the court in the November 4, 2008 general election in Missouri, winning 73% of the vote.[3]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Breckenridge received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.8, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.001 that justices received in Missouri. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[4]

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