Patricia S. Joyce

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Patricia S. Joyce
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Court Information:
Missouri 19th Judicial Circuit Court
Title:   Presiding judge
Position:   Division 4
Active:   2002-12/31/2020
Past position:   Associate judge, 19th Judicial Circuit Court
Past term:   1994-2002
Past position 2:   Assistant prosecuting attorney, Cole County
Past term 2:   1983-1994
Personal History
Born:   09/06/1955
Undergraduate:   Southeast Missouri State University, 1976
Law School:   St. Louis University School of Law, 1979
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  19th Judicial Circuit Court
Position:  Division 4
State:  Missouri
Election information 2014:
Party:   Democratic
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  8/5/2014
Primary vote:  100%ApprovedA
Election date:  11/4/2014

Pat Joyce is the presiding circuit court judge for Division 4 of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Missouri. Joyce was first elected as circuit judge in 2006.[1][2]

She was re-elected to the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in 2014 for a term that expires on December 31, 2020.[3]



See also: Missouri judicial elections, 2014
Joyce ran for re-election to the 19th Judicial Circuit Court.
Primary: She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 5, 2014.
General: She faced Brian Stumpe in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3][4]


A Missouri political action committee (PAC) funded by the Republican State Leadership Committee had funneled $200,000 into Republican Brian Stumpe's campaign as of mid-October. About $78,000 of this money was put toward a media buy for TV ads supporting Stumpe and criticizing incumbent Judge Patricia S. Joyce, a Democrat, for being "groovy" for “radical environmentalists.” The 19th Circuit covers the Missouri state capital, Jefferson City, which is where lawsuits against the state must typically be filed. Control of this court is therefore highly advantageous for political parties as it relates to potential legal challenges of state laws.[5][6]


Joyce received her undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1976 and her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law in 1979.[2]


Awards and associations

  • Member, St. Joseph Cathedral
  • Member, Chief Justice Advisory Council
  • Member, State Judicial Records Committee
  • Member, Circuit Court Budget Committee
  • Member, Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals[2]

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