Rep. Cory Wilson of Madison has been named to Mississippi Court of Appeals after Gov. Bryant appointed Justice Kenny Griffis to the state Supreme Court to fill the Justice Bill Waller vacancy after he retired.

Wilson, a lifelong conservative Republican, was elected to a four-year term in the Mississippi House of Representatives on Nov. 3, 2015. He represents District 73, covering portions of Madison County.

A native of Moss Point, Mississippi, Wilson was raised by a public schoolteacher and an Ingalls Shipyard engineer. Cory graduated from Moss Point High School in 1988 and went on to graduate summa cum laude in Economics from the Ole Miss School of Business in 1992. He received a law degree from the Yale Law School in 1995.

After clerking for a federal appeals court judge, he practiced law with two firms in Jackson from 1996 to 2008. In 2005, Cory was selected as one of twelve White House Fellows, serving from 2005 to 2006 as a special assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. As part of the White House Fellowship, Cory traveled on policy-related trips across the United States, Europe, North Africa, and Latin America.

Wilson served from 2008 to 2011 as Chief of Staff for Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Cory managed day to day operations of the agency, including elections issues. In October 2008, Cory staffed five Secretaries of State from around the country on a trip to bases in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Germany to study military voting procedures.

In 2011, he returned to private practice. From 2014-2015, Cory also served as Senior Advisor and Counsel to Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch, while maintaining his law practice on a part-time basis.

Wilson has served as chair of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, is active in the Madison County Business League, and has served on the board of directors of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the Madison County Republican Executive Committee. Cory is a 2001 graduate of the Leadership Mississippi Program, during which he met his wife Stephanie.

The Wilsons live in Madison County and have one son, who attends Madison Public Schools. They are members of Highlands Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland. Cory was part of short-term mission teams in 2008 and in 2010 in England, and he has led a small group men’s Bible study and taught Sunday School. From 2011 until 2014, Cory wrote a weekly column on politics and government that appeared in the Madison County Journal.