Meet Richard Callahan
By Stephanie Woodrow | October 12, 2022 12:07 am

Richard Callahan (Gov)

Richard Callahan (Gov)

Richard G. Callahan (Georgetown University, Georgetown University Law School) is nominated to replace Catherine L. Hanaway, who resigned earlier this year as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri.

His vitals:

  • Born in St. Louis, Mo., 1947.
  • Has been a circuit judge in the 19th Judicial Circuit of Missouri, Division II since 2003.
  • Worked in the Office of Prosecuting Attorney of Cole County, Mo. Was an assistant prosecutor from 1979 to 1986 and a prosecuting attorney from 1987 to 2002.
  • Was an attorney in Robert L. Hawkins Law Offices in Jefferson City, Mo., from 1988 to 1991.
  • Worked as a partner at Rost & Callahan Law Firm in Jefferson City, Mo. from 1979 to 1987.
  • Was a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Missouri Attorney General’s office from 1985 to 1986.
  • Served as general counsel for the Missouri General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules from 1983 to 1986.
  • Worked as an assistant circuit attorney in the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office from 1972 to 1978
  • Was a tax law specialist at the Internal Revenue Service from 1969 to 1972
  • Worked as an advertising examiner at the Federal Trade Commission from 1968 to 1969.
  • Was in the Army Reserves from 1969 to 1975. Was honorably discharged in 1975. Had the rank of Specialist E-4.
  • Tried more than 165 jury cases in criminal court. Was the sole or chief counsel on all but two or three of those cases.Tried 16 jury cases in civil court. Was the sole or chief counsel on all of the cases.

Click here for his full questionnaire.

UPDATE: According to his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure, Callahan earns a salary of $127,582 as a judge. Of interesting note, last year he earned $7,600  from “40 Racing Pigeons.” He also does not report any liabilities. However on his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Callahan reports assets valued at $238,300 and liabilities of $120,500 for a net worth of $117,800.



  1. MSC2007 says:

    We need another one like Richard Callahan for the Western District of Missouri. Better yet, forget about the western district nominee and expand the office of Callahan to include the western district. Kill two birds with one stone and save a little money to boot! Today’s technology makes it possible, so get’er done judiciary!

  2. Tony DeWitt says:

    Richard Callahan is a great choice for US Attorney. A great county prosecutor, he was firm but fair, treating people equally regardless of color or class. As a judge, he has been firmly in control of his courtroom, but has allowed attorneys to present their cases and make their arguments. As an attorney who practiced before him as a judge, I believe he will make an excellent US Attorney.

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