by Jordan Shapiro
Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Paul Wilson, a former top aide, to the Missouri Supreme Court Dec. 3.
Wilson was chosen over two other candidates to replace Judge William Ray Price Jr., who retired this summer.
Wilson worked for Nixon when Nixon was the state’s attorney general from 1996 to 2008. When Nixon was elected governor in 2008, Wilson served as senior counsel on budget finance matters. He was briefly a judge in Cole County Circuit Court before losing the gavel in an election against a Republican opponent.
Wilson is currently a member of the Columbia law firm of Van Matre, Harrison, Hollis Taylor & Bacon.
The other finalists for the Supreme Court vacancy were Jackson County Circuit Judge Michael Manners and St. Louis attorney Stanley Wallach.