Gov. Haley Barbour Friday appointed Gulfport municipal Judge David Ishee to fill a vacancy on the 10-member state Court of Appeals.
Ishee had qualified earlier this year to run for a state Supreme Court seat in November. He was in the same race as Mike Randolph of Hattiesburg, whom Barbour appointed in April to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.
Randolph and current Court of Appeals Judge Joe Lee are the only candidates still in the race for the southern district Supreme Court seat.
Barbour appointed Ishee to fill a vacancy created by the July 4 death of Appeals Court Judge James Thomas of Gulfport.
A news release from the governor's office stated Ishee will fill out Thomas' term that ends in January 2009.
Barbour relied on a judicial appointments advisory board in selecting Ishee, who has been a Gulfport municipal judge since 1999 and was in private practice for several years.
Ishee is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law and is past president of the Jackson County Bar Association.