(Updated to include fresh comments from Standridge, Kelly and Kansans for Life; excerpts from interview about the appointee's interests with edits throughout)
Kansas Appeals Court Judge Melissa Standridge rose from retail clothing buyer through the legal ranks to the highest court in Kansas when Gov. Laura Kelly named her to the state Supreme Court on Monday.
Standridge became the governor's third appointee to the state Supreme Court, filling the seat that came open with the retirement of Justice Carol Beier earlier this year.
Standridge, who has adopted four children, has taken a nontraditional path to the state Supreme . . .