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Thomas Chapman


Livingston County Circuit Court

A native of Chillicothe, Missouri, Judge Chapman earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Westminster College, where he majored in political science and graduated as Valedictorian in 1988. Judge Chapman received his J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law in May 1991; and received his Master of Laws, Taxation, from U.M.K.C. School of Law in 1995. During law school, he 

was a member of Phi Delta Phi and was an editorial board member of The Journal of Law & Politics. After graduating from law school, Judge Chapman practiced law in Chillicothe for 19 years before being elected in 2010 as circuit judge for the 43rd Judicial Circuit, Division 1. He was reelected in 2012, and then served as the 43rd Circuit Presiding Judge through 2018. In 2018, he was appointed by Governor Michael Parson to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, and was retained in that position in 2020.

Judge Chapman is a past member of the Missouri Circuit Judge Association, and a current member of the Livingston County Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. He also serves as a member of the Chillicothe Rotary Club, and the Chillicothe Elks Lodge 656, among many others. Judge Chapman and his wife, Lindy, continue to reside in Chillicothe, Missouri. Their eldest daughter, Claire Chapman, is a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force and is currently enrolled in medical school at the University of Missouri. Their son, Wagner Chapman, is a product developer at Amazon and resides in Seattle, Washington. Their youngest, Callaway Chapman, is a sophomore at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio.