Johnson Is Southern District of Mississippi’s First Female Jurist

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today hailed Senate confirmation of Kristi H. Johnson of Brandon to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Johnson, who will be the first female jurist in the Southern District of Mississippi, is a native of Hurley and served most recently as the first Solicitor General of Mississippi.  The Senate confirmed Johnson, 53-43.

“Kristi Johnson’s confirmation is good news for Mississippi and the United States as a whole,” Wicker said.  “She has a unique record of accomplishment as a public servant, a private attorney, a scholar, and a professor.  She will make a great judge, and I know Mississippians will join me in congratulating her on this accomplishment.”

“I am thrilled the Senate has confirmed Kristi Johnson to be a U.S. District Judge.  She is well-prepared and well-equipped to take her seat on the federal bench, and I’m proud she is making history to be the first woman judge to serve in the Southern District,” Hyde-Smith said.  “I am confident that she will serve Mississippi and our nation with distinction as she upholds the Constitution and the rule of law.”

Johnson is the 223rd federal judge confirmed by the Senate to serve lifetime appointments on the federal bench since President Donald J. Trump took office in January 2017.
Johnson earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and a law degree from Mississippi College, where she graduated summa cum laude and served as executive editor of the Mississippi College Law Review.  She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sharion Aycock with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi and for the Honorable Leslie H. Southwick with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Johnson has also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Mississippi, an adjunct professor at Mississippi College, and as Treasurer and Secretary of the Mississippi Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.