Judge Mudge is a life-long resident of Edwardsville. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Law in 1985. He practiced law for 16 years in an Edwardsville general practice firm that was founded in the early 1900s by former judge D.H. Mudge. He then began his public service in 2002 as Madison County State’s Attorney. He served as state’s attorney for eight years. He was elected Circuit Judge in 2010 and is currently assigned to the Civil Law Division.
He is a past chair of the U.S. Senate Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District of Illinois, having been appointed to the position by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. He also served by appointment of the Governor on the board of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority in Chicago. Mudge currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Madison County Child Advocacy Center, and has done so since its inception in 2003.
Judge Mudge is married to Jennifer, the First Assistant prosecutor with the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. He has two children. His daughter is a teacher at Edwardsville High School and his son works at a marketing firm in St. Louis. He resides in Edwardsville with his wife and two step-children.