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Bruce D. Stewart


Bruce D. StewartAppellate Judge
Bruce D. Stewart
Fifth District

Bruce D. Stewart was born on August 30, 1952, in Mt. Vernon and was raised in West Frankfort. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a bachelor’s degree in government in 1973 and from SIU School of Law, as a member of its charter class, in 1976. Judge Stewart engaged in the practice of law in Southern Illinois from 1976 until 1995, with primary emphasis on litigation. He first established his practice in Mt. Vernon, then West Frankfort, and his office was located in Harrisburg after 1982. In 1995, he was appointed Circuit Judge of the First Judicial Circuit, and he was elected to that position in 1996. He served as a Circuit Judge until November 2006 when he was elected to the Fifth District Appellate Court. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Judges’ Association, where he serves on the board of directors. He and his wife, Marleigh, live in Harrisburg. They have two adult daughters, Lynsey and Christy, both of whom are students.