Michael P. Boggs

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Michael Boggs
Personal details
Born 1962 (age 53–54)
Largo, Florida, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Georgia Institute of Technology
Waycross College
Georgia Southern University
Mercer University

Michael P. Boggs is a Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals and is a former nominee to be a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.


Boggs received a Bachelor of Arts in 1985 from Georgia Southern College. He received a Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. From 1990 to 1998, he served as an attorney in private practice at a number of law firms. From 1998 to 2005, he was a sole practitioner. In 2000, he was elected as a Democrat to the Georgia House of Representatives, holding office until 2004. From 2004 to 2012, he served as a Superior Court Judge of the Waycross Judicial Circuit of the First Judicial Administrative District of Georgia of the Georgia Superior Court, where he established and presided over the court's felony drug court program. Since January 2012, he has served as a Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals.[1]

Nomination to district court[edit]

On December 19, 2013, President Obama nominated Boggs to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, to the seat expected to be vacated by Judge Julie E. Carnes, who was nominated to United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on the same day. His nomination was pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee, however "Senator Patrick J. Leahy, who leads the Judiciary Committee, told [the NYT[2]] it had become clear after talking to his colleagues that Mr. Boggs, under fire from Democrats for his conservative positions, could not win committee support....Mr. Boggs earns the unusual distinction as the first Obama judicial nominee this term to fail because of Democratic opposition."[3] David Scott, U.S. Representative Georgia's 13th district, criticized the nomination of Boggs because of Boggs' votes in the legislature to retain Confederate insignia in the state flag of Georgia, restrict abortion, and ban same-sex marriage.[4] Boggs was nominated as part of a group of nominees that won approval of Georgia's U.S. Senators, to allow votes on their nominations.[4] He received a hearing before the full panel of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on May 13, 2014.[5] On December 30, 2014, retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) revealed that he had been advised in late November by White House chief of staff Denis McDonough that Boggs would not be renominated in 2015 for confirmation by the 114th Congress.[6]