Politics & Government

Gulfport judge who made history is the newest member of state’s Supreme Court

David Ishee
David Ishee Courtesy Gov. Phil Bryant

A judge from Gulfport is the newest member of the Mississippi Supreme Court, Gov. Phil Bryant announced Thursday.

Bryant appointed David Ishee to replace Supreme Court Justice Jess H. Dickinson, who is leaving to become the commissioner of Mississippi Child Protection Services.

Ishee’s appointment is effective Sept. 18.

Ishee began his career as a judge in 1993 when he was just 29 years old, Bryant said in a press release, when he was appointed municipal court judge for the City of Pascagoula. That made Ishee the youngest municipal court judge in Mississippi history.

During his time in Jackson County, Ishee served as an interim municipal court judge for the City of Ocean Springs and was the judge pro tem for Jackson County Youth Court.

In 1999, Ishee was appointed a municipal court judge for the City of Gulfport.

In 2004, Bryant said in a press release, former Gov. Haley Bryant appointed Ishee to the Mississippi Court of Appeals. During that time, Ishee was appointed to chair the Criminal Section of the Model Jury Instructions Revision Committee, which revised criminal model jury instructions for circuit courts throughout the state.

“Judge Ishee’s extensive experience in presiding over cases for more than two decades in Mississippi will serve him well on our state’s highest court,” Bryant said.

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. said he looks forward to Ishee joining the court.

“Judge Ishee has 13 years of appellate experience,” Waller said. “The Mississippi Court of Appeals is a hard working court that handles a high volume of cases.”

Ishee said he’s aspired to be a Mississippi Supreme Court judge his entire career.

“I look forward to working with my new colleagues on the Supreme Court,” Ishee said.

Ishee lives in Gulfport with his wife, Linda, and daughter, Lauren.

He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in History. He also attended the University of London and received his juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_