TOPEKA-Governor Sam Brownback on Friday announced the appointment of Fred W. Johnson to the 11th Judicial District of Kansas.

Johnson, from Oswego, will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Robert J. Fleming.

“Fred will interpret and apply the law objectively in his courtroom,” Governor Brownback said. “I’m pleased to appoint him to serve the people of Southeast Kansas.”

Johnson has previously worked as Assistant Attorney for Labette County, and is currently in private practice in Oswego. He graduated from Pittsburg State University with undergraduate and master’s degrees, going on to obtain his law degree from Washburn University School of Law.

The 11th Judicial District is made up of Cherokee, Crawford, and Labette Counties in Southeast Kansas.