Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Sen. Will Longwitz as Madison County Court Judge. 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.
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.
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.
Longwitz lives in Madison and has his own law practice in Ridgeland. He grew up in Quitman, and comes from a family of small business owners and schoolteachers.
Longwitz is vice chairman for the Natchez Trace Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He holds a committee leadership role on the Council of State Governments, a national public policy organization that includes all three branches of government. He is a member of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club, the Madison County Bar Association, the Mississippi Bicentennial Commission and sits on the Tulane University Public Advisory Board. Longwitz is also a Henry Toll Fellow and an Eagle Scout.
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