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Governor fills two judicial vacancies with a state senator and a former U.S. Attorney

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Sen. Will Longwitz Madison County Court Judge. Longwitz’ appointment is effective Wednesday, Jan. 20. He replaces Steve Ratcliff, who recently was elected circuit judge for the 20th Judicial District that includes Madison and Rankin counties.

Longwitz will resign his Senate seat, which he has held since 2012. Gov. Bryant will set a special election as soon as possible to fill the vacancy.

Longwitz represented District 25, which includes parts of Madison, Ridgeland and Northeast Jackson. He sat on the Finance, Judiciary A, Insurance, Business and Financial Institutions, Ethics and County Affairs committees. He was vice chairman of the Senate Constitution Committee.

“I am humbled and honored by Governor Bryant's faith and confidence,” Longwitz said. “I look forward to serving the people of Madison County in this role, and to working for the fair and efficient administration of justice in our state.”

Longwitz graduated from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. He holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University with majors in government and in English. He went to law school at Ole Miss, where he represented the school on the National Appellate Advocacy Competition Team, and where he was selected to the National Order of Barristers.

Also today, Governor Bryant appointed James Greenlee to the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Greenlee, a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, is currently in private practice with Holcomb Dunbar in Oxford.

Greenlee replaces James D. Maxwell, who Bryant recently appointed to the Mississippi Supreme court

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