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Gulfport attorney, state senator appointed to Court of Appeals

Senate Judiciary A Committee chairman Sean Tindell, R-Gulfport, has been appointed to the state Court of Appeals.
Senate Judiciary A Committee chairman Sean Tindell, R-Gulfport, has been appointed to the state Court of Appeals. AP File

State Sen. Sean Tindell, R-Gulfport, has been appointed to the state Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy created when Gov. Phil Bryant put Judge David Ishee on the state Supreme Court. Tindell will join the Appeals Court on Nov. 2.

Senator Tindell’s experience as a prosecutor and his work in private practice make him the perfect fit to serve on the Court of Appeals,” Bryant said. “I am pleased he has agreed to accept this appointment.”

Tindell, 43, has represented District 49, which includes parts of Harrison County, in the Mississippi state Senate since 2012. He serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary A Committee and vice chairman of the Senate Tourism Committee.

“Sean is a skilled attorney with the ability to review issues with an open-mindedness and decisiveness that is required on the bench,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. “As a friend and key member of my leadership team, I have relied on his advice and guidance, and his skills as a legislator will be missed in the Senate. The Legislature’s loss is the judiciary’s gain, and I commend Gov. Bryant on his selection.”

From 2002 to 2007, Tindell was an assistant district attorney for Harrison, Hancock and Stone counties. In 2007, he entered private practice, also serving as a prosecutor for the city of Biloxi and as city attorney for Diamondhead.

“I have taken great pride as a senator in working with Gov. Bryant, Lt. Gov. Reeves, Speaker Gunn, other legislators and state leaders to enact legislation that improves the lives of all Mississippians,” Tindell said. “It is with great excitement, humility and enthusiasm that I accept Gov. Bryant’s appointment to the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Rest assured, I will continue to work tirelessly to see that the rights of all Mississippians are protected, our Constitution is adhered to and justice prevails.”

In 1998, Tindell earned a master’s in business administration from USM. He received a juris doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 2001. There, he served as student body president and earned honors of American jurisprudence in counseling and negotiations and domestic relations.

Tindell is the son of Tom and Dora Harvey of Biloxi, and the late Sidney Tindell of Biloxi.

He was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Tindell and his wife, Claire, live in Gulfport with their four children, Sam, John Thomas, Meredith and Henry.

Paul Hampton: 228-284-7296, @JPaulHampton

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