WASHINGTON, D.C.-The passing of federal District Court Judge for Mississippi’s Northern District Allen Pepper left a vacuum and Debra Brown is the logical choice to fill it for at least two national lawmakers from Mississippi.
Bothe Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker have recommended Brown for the position, going to bat for the Yazoo City native in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday.
“Debra Brown is very well qualified by ability, education and experience to serve as a United States district court judge,” Cochran said in his introduction.
“It is a personal pleasure to be before the committee today and to express my confidence that she will reflect great credit and serve with distinction as a member of the United States federal judiciary,” he said.
What may have prompted those comments was Brown’s background. Both Cochran and Wicker released statements about Brown, touting her qualifications in law. She graduated Ole Miss Law School in 1997. Before that, she was one of the first African-American females to graduate the Miss. State School of Architecture.
“Judge Brown will be an outstanding addition to the federal bench,” Wicker said. “She has represented accomplishment and excellence her entire life. Ms. Brown will be good for the country and the people of Mississippi. I consider it a personal and high honor to recommend her to Senate Judiciary Committee and look forward to her confirmation.”
If she is confirmed, Brown will be the first black woman to serve in that capacity.