July 15, 2020
JACKSON—The Mississippi Republican Party has endorsed two candidates, Justice Josiah Coleman and Justice Kenny Griffis, to maintain their seats on the Mississippi Supreme Court. Both candidates will appear on the November ballot.
“The MSGOP has endorsed both candidates in the past, and we are pleased to endorse them again as they seek to maintain their seats on the Mississippi Supreme Court,” MSGOP Chairman Lucien Smith said. “Both candidates have proven conservative records and a deep respect for the law, which has and will continue to serve our state well.”
Justice Josiah Coleman is seeking a second term on the Mississippi Supreme Court after being first elected in November 2012. Prior to serving as a justice, he practiced law for more than 12 years in Tupelo and Oxford, Miss. He is admitted to practice before all Mississippi state and federal courts and before the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Justice Coleman and his wife, Ashleigh Burke Coleman, have three children and live in Fentress, Miss. They attend First Presbyterian Church in Louisville.
Justice Kenny Griffis is seeking a full term on the Mississippi Supreme Court after being first appointed to the court by Governor Phil Bryant in February 2019. Prior to accepting that appointment, Justice Griffis served 16 years on the Mississippi Court of Appeals and ended his tenure there as Chief Judge. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and all federal and state courts in Mississippi. Justice Griffis and his wife, Mary Helen, are the parents of five boys and live in Ridgeland, Miss. They attend Christ United Methodist Church.
Justices on the Mississippi Supreme Court serve eight-year terms.