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Caleb Stegall
Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court
Assumed office
August 29, 2014
Appointed bySam Brownback
Preceded byNancy Moritz
Judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals
In office
January 3, 2014 – August 29, 2014
Appointed bySam Brownback
Preceded byNewly Created 14th Position
Succeeded byKathryn Gardner
Chief Counsel to the Governor of Kansas
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 3, 2014
Appointed bySam Brownback
County Attorney of Jefferson County
In office
January 12, 2009 – January 10, 2011
Personal details
Born (1971-09-20) September 20, 1971 (age 48)[1]
Topeka, Kansas
Alma materGeneva College
University of Kansas School of Law

Caleb Stegall (born September 20, 1971) is an American attorney and writer residing in Perry, Kansas. He has served as the District attorney for Jefferson County, Kansas and Chief Counsel to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback[2][3] before being appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals.[4] On August 29, 2014, Stegall was appointed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to the Kansas Supreme Court, replacing Nancy Moritz, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.[5] He is a proponent of traditionalist conservatism.


Born in Topeka, Stegall is a lifelong resident of Douglas and Jefferson Counties in northeast Kansas.[6]

Law practice

At the time of his appointment by Brownback, the Kansas Democratic Party issued a release criticizing Brownback for the appointment due to his connection to disbarred attorney Phill Kline.[7] He represented the State of Kansas in litigation with environmentalists over the permitting of coal-fired power plants.[8] Stegall represented eight American missionaries detained in Haiti following the 2010 Haiti earthquake who were accused by Haitian officials of trying to take children to the Dominican Republic without proper documentation.[9] In 2008 he successfully defended the former executive director of the Kansas Republican Party in a dispute over Kansas campaign finance rules.[10] In 2007 he was the lead counsel in the Kansas Supreme Court trial of former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline based on perjury, an illegal file transfer, and misleading legal guidance.[11][12][13][14] In 2008, Stegall represented a group of residents opposed public financing of casino operations in Kansas City, Kansas.[15]

In 2008 he represented a church that challenged local regulations on the church's operations as a homeless shelter.[16] In 2009 he represented a teacher who claimed he had not been rehired because of his conservative political beliefs.[17] As district attorney, he filed charges in 2009 against a county commissioner charged with theft by deception.[18] and in 2010 was involved with a federal and state investigation of a distributor of "ethnobotanicals" who was accused of selling a synthetic cannabis.[19]

He has worked as general counsel for Americans for Prosperity and on the executive committee of Audubon of Kansas.[20]


Stegall has been identified as an advocate for traditionalist conservatism and a "prairie populist".[21] In 2004, he was profiled on the front page of The New York Times[22] as one of a young generation of conservatives questioning GOP orthodoxy. On January 12, 2009, Stegall began his first term as Jefferson County District Attorney. He has been characterized by the blog Firedoglake as a "rising religious-right political star",[23] has been suggested as a possible candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010 by Rod Dreher [24] and has been described as representing a new path for the GOP in the post-Bush years.[25]


Stegall is a ruling elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.[26] He has been described as a "lifelong conservative Presbyterian," whose faith and life is "strongly countercultural to mainstream Evangelicalism," although he still identifies himself as an evangelical.[27] Stegall and his wife Ann homeschool their children.


In 2003, Stegall created and founded, with others, an online journal of religion, politics, and culture called The New Pantagruel. In 2006, Stegall and The New Pantagruel were featured in Rod Dreher's book, Crunchy Cons, as leaders in the resurgence of traditionalist conservatism. Though The New Pantagruel was discontinued at the end of 2006, Stegall's writing continues to appear in conservative papers, magazines, and journals including National Review Online, Christianity Today, The Intercollegiate Review, The American Conservative, Taki's Magazine, and Touchstone Magazine. Stegall authors a semi-regular column on Kansas politics for the independent publication Kansas Liberty.[28]

Stegall has authored chapters in several books, including the chapter on "Community" in the book American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia.


  1. ^ "Honorable Caleb Stegall". Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  2. ^ David Klepper. "Caleb Stegall to be Brownback's chief counsel". Midwest Democracy Project. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Hanna, John (December 29, 2010). "Brownback names general counsel | Wichita Eagle". Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Tim Carpenter. "Stegall takes seat on Court of Appeals". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  5. ^ Brian Lowry. "Gov. Sam Brownback names Caleb Stegall to Supreme Court". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  6. ^ Health Care Access Clinic 785-841-5760 (November 20, 2004). "Local conservative's Web site catching on nationally /". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  7. ^ Tim Carpenter (December 28, 2010). "Dems question GOP hiring". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  8. ^ "Kansas rejection of coal plant fires up backlash". Reuters. November 29, 2007.
  9. ^ "Eight freed missionaries welcomed home". USA Today. February 19, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
  10. ^ Tim Carpenter (May 13, 2009). "State ethics fine reversed". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  11. ^ Tim Carpenter (June 13, 2008). "Supreme Court hears Kline dispute". Topeka Capital-Journal.
  12. ^ "Kansas Supreme Court Orders Planned Parenthood Abortion Records to AG". December 5, 2008. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  13. ^ Denis Boyles (May 30, 2008). "Supremely Wrong – Denis Boyles – National Review Online". Archived from the original on June 2, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  14. ^ "Supreme Court blisters Kline, orders return of abortion clinic records". December 5, 2008. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  15. ^ "Residents sue to block KCK casino proposal". Kansas City Business Journal. March 26, 2008.
  16. ^ Health Care Access Clinic 785-841-5760 (October 29, 2008). "City delays decision on new homeless regulations /". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  17. ^ Slater, Lindsey (June 18, 2009). "Superintendent renews contract of teacher who claimed he was fired because of his beliefs /". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  18. ^ Health Care Access Clinic 785-841-5760 (September 29, 2009). "Former Jefferson County commissioner faces theft charges /". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  19. ^ Fray, Jesse (February 5, 2010). "Lawrence man charged after Sacred Journey investigation /". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  20. ^ "Jefferson County attorney candidate Caleb Stegall chats about primary election", Lawrence Journal-World, July 29, 2008.
  21. ^ "Articles – A Populist Prairie Fire From the Right?". RealClearPolitics. January 12, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  22. ^ Kirkpatrick, David D. (July 17, 2004). "Young Right Tries to Define Post-Buckley Future". The New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
  23. ^ Tillow, Kay (February 19, 2010). "Rising Religious-Right Political Star Representing Released Baptist Missionary | MyFDL". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  24. ^ [1] Archived April 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ "A wilderness vacation". The Economist. January 13, 2009.
  26. ^ Stegall, Caleb. "The Restless Evangelicals". Touchstone Magazine. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  27. ^ Dreher, Rod (2006). Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, Gun-Loving Organic Gardeners, Evangelical Free-Range Farmers, Hip Homeschooling Mamas, Right-Wing Nature Lovers, and Their Diverse Tribe of Countercultural Conservatives Plan to Save America (or At Least the Republican Party). p. 189.
  28. ^ "Country Party – Kansas Liberty". Retrieved October 20, 2011.

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Preceded by
Nancy Moritz
Associate Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court
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