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June 26, 2008




(JACKSON, Mississippi) – Governor Haley Barbour today announced that Lawrence P. Bourgeois, Jr., of Pass Christian, has been appointed to the Mississippi Circuit Court (2nd District—Harrison, Hancock, and Stone Counties) to replace former Judge Steve Simpson, who left his post in April to serve as head of the state Department of Public Safety.


“My Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee has worked hard to ensure only qualified, conscientious, and dedicated people serve as judges,” Governor Barbour said. “Larry is an outstanding choice for this position. His record of integrity, fairness, and commitment to service will be an asset not only to Gulf Coast citizens, but also to Mississippi’s judicial system.”


Bourgeois, 53, has practiced law for 27 years in both the private and public sector. Since 1995, he has worked in the district attorney’s office of the 2nd Circuit Court District and currently serves as the Gulfport division head responsible for all violent and gun cases. Previously, he was the lead prosecutor for Hancock and Stone Counties. Professionally, Bourgeois is a member of the National District Attorneys Association and served on the board of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association from 2004 to 2005. He has also been a member of the Mississippi Bar Association since 1988 and the Louisiana Bar Association since 1981.


A graduate of Loyola University School of Law, Bourgeois also completed his undergraduate studies in business administration at the university. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children, Reed, Elizabeth, and Lawrence III.


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