Meet Stephen R. Wigginton
By Stephanie Woodrow | April 27, 2022 12:30 pm

Stephen Wigginton (Weilmuenster & Wigginton PC)

Stephen R. Wigginton (Southern Illinois University, St. Louis University School of Law) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. He would replace Bush holdover A. Courtney Cox, who has headed the office since November 2007.

His vitals:

  • Born in East St. Louis, Ill., in 1963.
  • Has been a partner and co-owner of Weilmuenster & Wigginton PC in Belleville, Ill., since November 2000.
  • Has worked part-time as an assistant state’s attorney in the felony division of the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office in Edwardsville, Ill., since February 1999.
  • Was an associate at Becker, Paulson, Hoerner & Thompson PC in Belleville from June 1996 to November 2000.
  • Worked as an associate at Kassly Bone Becker Dix Reagan & Young in Belleville from April 1994 to June 1996.
  • Was an associate at Jenkins Kling & Sauerwein, PC in Clayton, Mo., from February 1992 to April 1994.
  • Worked as an assistant circuit attorney-felony prosecutor in the Circuit Attorney’s Office for the City of St. Louis from June 1990 to February 1992.
  • Was an associate in the May Department Stores Company’s Office of Legal Counsel in St. Louis from May 1988 to June 1990. Clerked in the office from May 1987 to September 1987.
  • Clerked for Kassly Bone Becker Dix Reagan & Tillery in Belleville from September 1987 to May 1988 and from May 1986 to May 1987.
  • Has tried approximately 80 to 100 trials to verdict. Served as chief counselor or sole counsel in the criminal trials, chief counselor or co-counsel in most of the civil jury trials and chief counselor pr sole counsel in all but a few of the bench trials.

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

UPDATE: On his Office of Government Ethics questionnaire Wigginton reported earning a salary and distribution from Weilmuenster & Wigginton PC. His salary for 2009-2010 was $362,048 while he received a distribution of $125,000 for 2009. In 2008, his salary from the firm was $245,134. He also reported earning a salary of $17,822 from the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.

On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Wigginton reported assets valued at $3.9 million, mostly from his part ownership of Weilmuenster & Wigginton PC and real estate, and $428,700 in liabilities, for a net worth of $3.5 million.

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