Saturday, September 30, 2023

Debra Brown Voted First African American Woman US District Judge in North Mississippi

Story compiled with information courtesy of the Associated Press.


This morning learned that Debra Brown, a Jackson, MS attorney and 1997 Ole Miss law graduate, has been approved for a federal judgeship in North Mississippi. She will be the first african-american woman to be a U.S. district judge in north Mississippi.

According to the Associate Press, President Barack Obama had nominated Brown in May for a judgeship in Greenville, MS.

Both of Mississippi’s senators, Republicans Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, supported Brown in the 90-0 confirmation vote Monday.

In the AP article, Wicker and Cochran both voiced their excitement over Brown’s appointment.

“I am confident Debra Brown will serve with distinction as a United States district court judge in Mississippi,” Cochran told the Senate before the vote. “Her personal background, educational accomplishments, and legal experience should serve her well as she assumes this important position. The Senate vote is recognition of her qualifications to serve as a member of the federal judiciary.”

Wicker said: “I am thrilled and honored to be part of this historic moment for Mississippi. Ms. Brown is a proven trailblazer. Our country needs judges who have a record of professional excellence, integrity, and public service. I am confident her service will be good for our nation, our state, and especially good for the city of Greenville, where she will preside.”

To read the AP article, click here.