• Gov. Bryant Appoints John McLaurin Jr. as Rankin County Chancery Judge

    JACKSON– Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed John McLaurin Jr. as Rankin County Chancery Judge in the 20th Chancery Court District, Place 1. McLaurin’s term is effective immediately. He replaces the late Dan Fairly.


    “I am very pleased to appoint John to this position,” Gov. Bryant said. “He has extensive legal experience with heavy emphasis in the chancery court system. He is a lifelong resident of Rankin County, and I know he will serve its residents well.”


    McLaurin holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He has practiced law at McLaurin & McLaurin continuously since 1976 with a heavy emphasis in Chancery Court practice.


    In 2007, McLaurin was appointed Rankin County Chancery Court Family Master and has heard nearly every modification, paternity and contempt case filed in Rankin County since that appointment.  He has also heard most of the temporary hearings in divorce cases during that time.


    He has also served as general counsel for two Rankin County Chancery Clerks. He has extensive experience in real estate proceedings and has served as Special Master in land partition cases.


    “I am honored by Gov. Bryant’s appointment and grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” McLaurin said.  “I pledge to faithfully uphold my oath and to work for the people of Rankin County to the very best of my ability.”


    McLaurin is a lifelong member of Brandon First United Methodist Church. He and his wife, the late Carol Noel McLaurin, were married for 33 years. They have two adult children and two granddaughters.



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