He served as Minority Floor Leader in the House from 1960-1964. Later, he became state chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, a post he held from 1966-1968.
In 1976, Mr. Steelman was appointed by Gov. Christopher S. “Kit” Bond to be circuit judge of the 42nd Judicial Circuit. He was reelected to that post three times and served until 1994.
The point goes to Smitty, who would rather not have earned it.