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October 17, 2006




(Jackson, Mississippi)-Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Johnny Junkin, of Natchez, to the Workers’ Compensation Commission (MWCC) for an unexpired term ending January 1, 2007 and for a six-year term beginning January 1, 2007 and ending December 31, 2012.


“Johnny Junkin has thirty years of experience practicing law and in private business, along with extensive service in a variety of community organizations, all of which will help him in his work on this important Commission,” Governor Barbour said. “I am very pleased he has accepted this assignment and confident he will serve the citizens of Mississippi well.” Junkin will serve in a position on the Commission that must be filled by an attorney.


MWCC’s mission is to administer and enforce the Mississippi Worker’s Compensation Law in an efficient and equitable manner. The scope of this law is to aid and promote the prevention of occupational injury and illness; and, in the event of such injury or illness, to secure, monitor, and compel, if necessary, the provision of statutory mandated benefits to those lawfully entitled in furtherance for their rehabilitation and restoration to health and vocational opportunity.


Junkin has been practicing in a private law firm since 1976. From 1978 to 1980, Junkin served as the Natchez City Prosecuting Attorney. He also served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1980 to 1988; vice president and operator of Main Street Restaurant, Inc., d.b.a. Scrooges from 1984 to 1998; and vice president of St. Catherine Gravel and Ready Mix Concrete Company, Inc. from 1989 to present. Junkin is the past vice chairman of the Natchez-Adams County Convention and Visitors Bureau, past member of the Mississippi Ethics Commission, and past member and vice chair of the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1034 and Fourth Degree.


Professionally, Junkin is a member of the Mississippi and Adams County Bar Associations and served as the past Commissioner of the Adams County Law Library. In 1979, Junkin was chosen to receive the “Natchez Outstanding Young Man” award.


Junkin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and earned his juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He is a member of both the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Alumni Associations.