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18th Judicial District

Judge Anthony J. Powell

Judge Anthony J. Powell

Year Elected:  2003
Administrative Aide:  Rita Parrott
Court Reporter:  Sharon Williams, CSR
College:  George Washington University and Washburn University School of Law

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Anthony Powell was first elected to the bench in 2002, and currently serves as a trial judge in the civil department. During his tenure, Judge Powell has worked in nearly every department, including the family law department, where he served a term as its presiding judge, and in the criminal department. Judge Powell has presided over hundreds of trials, and has received high marks from the members of the bar in the Wichita Eagle’s judicial performance surveys over the years.

Judge Powell is a member of the Executive Board of the Kansas District Judges’ Association, and serves as Co-Chair of its Legislative Committee. Judge Powell also served on the End of Life Issues Committee of the Judicial Council, and on the Kansas Supreme Court’s Committee on High Conflict Divorce.

Prior to Judge Powell’s election to the bench, he served eight years as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives where he served as Majority Whip, and as chairman of several committees including Federal and State Affairs, Ethics and Elections, and the Joint Committee on State-Tribal Relations. He also served as Vice-Chairman of the Taxation Committee. Judge Powell was formerly an attorney for nearly a dozen years with the law firm of Martin and Churchill, Chtd., where his practice emphasized business and employment law. Prior to his legal career, Judge Powell served as Legislative Director to U.S. Congressman William Broomfield and as an intern on the staff of Senator Bob Dole.

Judge Powell received his undergraduate degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1985, and his law degree, with honors, from Washburn University School of Law in 1991, where he was a member of the Law Journal and Moot Court Board.

Judge Powell is married and has four children. He is a member of Central Christian Church.

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