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July 14, 2009

GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPOINTS GARGIULO TO COURT SEAT

Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Gulfport attorney John C. Gargiulo to the Circuit Court seat for District 2, which includes Hancock, Harrison and Stone counties.

Gargiulo was sworn into office today, replacing Jerry O. Terry, who retired June 30, 2009. Gargiulo’s term ends January 2011.

“Mr. Gargiulo’s experience as a prosecutor and in private civil practice gives him an outstanding perspective for presiding over the Second Circuit Court District,” Governor Barbour said. “He served his country proudly in the military and will be a valuable asset to the Mississippi judicial system.”

Gargiulo is an assistant district attorney in the Second Circuit Court District and has experience prosecuting all felonies with an emphasis on high-profile sexual and violent crimes. Previously, he was an associate attorney at Bryant Clark Dukes Blakeslee where he specialized in civil defense of personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance and municipal liability claims. Gargiulo has held several positions in the U.S. military and is currently a commissioned officer in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a law degree from the University of Mississippi.

Gargiulo is a member of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association, the Mississippi Bar Association and the National District Attorney’s Association. He also is a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 2539, the Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of the Gulf Coast. He and his wife Lisa have three children, Andrew, Jordan and Katherine.

Governor Barbour’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee, which reviews the qualifications of judicial appointees in accordance with Executive Order 914, found Gargiulo fully qualified to serve in this post.