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Anthony J. Powell

Judge Anthony J. Powell

appointed 2013


Judge Anthony J. Powell was born in Minnesota and graduated from The George Washington University and worked in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate before coming to Kansas to attend law school. After a private practice career and four terms in the Kansas House of Representatives, he was elected a Sedgwick County district judge and served 11 years before his appointment to the Court of Appeals.


Current term

January 2019–January 2023

Appointed to the court in January 2013 by Governor Sam Brownback


Judicial experience

2013-present, judge, Court of Appeals

2003-13, district judge, Sedgwick County, 18th Judicial District


Previous professional experience

Attorney, Martin and Churchill

Legislative director, U.S. Representative William Broomfield

Intern, U.S. Senator Bob Dole



Washburn University School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1991

  • Associate editor, Washburn Law Journal

  • Moot Court Board

 The George Washington University, B.A., political science, 1985


Professional memberships and activities

Kansas District Judges Association

  • Co-chair, Legislative Committee

  • Executive Committee

Kansas Supreme Court Committee on High Conflict Divorce

Kansas Judicial Council End of Life Issues Committee


Awards and honors

Public Affairs Award, American Heart Association of Kansas, 1997

Advocacy Appreciation Award, American Heart Association of Kansas, 1998

Leadership Wichita, 1999

Wichita Business Journal "40 Under 40" honoree, 2000

Legislator of the Year, American Legislative Exchange Council, 2000

Recognition and Participation Award, Kansas State University Student Governing Association, 2001


Community, civic, and charitable activities

1994-2002, Member, Kansas House of Representatives

  • Majority whip

  • Chair of Federal and State Affairs Committee, Ethics and Elections Committee, Joint Committee on State-Tribal Relations

  • Vice chair, Taxation Committee

Central Christian Church, Wichita

HopeNet Inc. Advisory Council and board member, 2005-11

Bill of Rights Institute, Kansas Advisory Board, 2008-11

Honorary Commander, McConnell Airforce Base, Wichita, Kansas, 2010-12


Additional information

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota

He and his wife, Betty, have four children.

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