Mississippi appeals court judge nominated to federal bench

Published: Aug. 29, 2019 at 4:00 AM CDT
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Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Cory Wilson is being nominated for a federal judgeship.

Wilson joined the court in February after being appointed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Before that, Wilson was a first-term Republican member of the Mississippi House.

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker said Wednesday that President Donald Trump is nominating Wilson to become a U.S. district judge for the southern half of Mississippi. Wicker supports the nomination.

It was not immediately clear which vacancy Wilson would fill.

Two U.S. district judges, Keith Starrett of Hattiesburg and Louis Guirola Jr. of Gulfport, have taken senior status.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden of Gulfport is nominated to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The 49-year-old Wilson grew up in coastal Jackson County and lives in Flora, near Jackson.