Andrew J. Gleeson has been re-elected as chief judge of the 20th Judicial Circuit, with the term to expire in December 2020.
Gleeson was first nominated and elected to the position of chief judge by his fellow judges in 2016 and was retained by voters in the November election. As chief judge, he is responsible for the general administration of the 20th Judicial Circuit Court, which includes assigning cases and creating specialized divisions within the circuit.
The circuit is comprised of Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington counties.
Gleeson has served as judge since 2003, first appointed as an associate judge then elected as a resident circuit judge in 2012. Prior to joining the 20th Judicial Circuit Court, Gleeson was the chief public defender in St. Clair County and was engaged in the general practice of law for 18 years.
Gleeson has been an adjunct professor at Southwestern Illinois College, and is past president of the St. Clair County and East St. Louis Bar Associations.
Gleeson grew up in East St. Louis and Belleville. He attended Althoff Catholic High School, University of Notre Dame and Saint Louis University School of Law.