Northsider and former Madison County state representative Cory Wilson has been confirmed by the U. S. Senate for a judgeship on the U. S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans, making him one of 179 such judges in the nation. The only higher judgeship is the U. S. Supreme Court. The Senate vote was 52-48.
Wilson will assume the seat vacated by E. Grady Jolly, who took senior status in 2017. Wilson, a native of Moss Point, recently received the highest rating of “well qualified” from the American Bar Association to serve on the Fifth Circuit.
Wilson earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and law degree from Yale Law School, where he served on the Yale Law Journal. He served as a law clerk to Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Emmett Ripley Cox, in addition to being a White House Fellow in the U.S. Department of Defense.
Prior to his appointment to the Mississippi Court of Appeals, Wilson served in the Mississippi House of Representatives and held senior positions within the offices of the Mississippi State Treasurer and Mississippi Secretary of State. Wilson is also a former adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law.
U.S. Senators Roger Wicker said, “Cory Wilson is a highly-qualified, conservative-minded judge who will be a credit to the nation and to his native Mississippi. As the 200th confirmed federal judge during the Trump administration, Judge Wilson appropriately represents the generational transformation of our courts during the past four years.”