Michael P. Boggs
|Associate Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court|
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2017
|Appointed by||Nathan Deal|
|Preceded by||Hugh P. Thompson|
|Born||December 28, 1962|
Largo, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||Georgia Institute of Technology|
Georgia Southern University
Michael P. Boggs (born December 28, 1962) is a Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, a former Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals and a former nominee to be a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He was appointed to the state Supreme Court by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.
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. From January 2012 to 2017, he served as a judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals.
Nomination to district court
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, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, who led the Judiciary Committee, told [The New York Times] that "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." 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. 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 as part of a "package deal." He received a hearing before the full panel of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on May 13, 2014.
On December 30, 2014, retiring Sen. 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.
Service on Georgia Supreme Court
- MyLife.com profile
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- "A Presidential Nomination Is Dead", September 22, 2014
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- "Senators Grill Obama Nominee On Gay Marriage, Abortion, Confederate Flag"
- Sullivan, Peter "Obama drops nominee opposed by CBC" The Hill, December 31, 2014
- Tucker, Katheryn Hayes (November 9, 2016). "Deal Appoints Five New Appellate Judges". Daily Report Online. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
Hugh P. Thompson
| Associate Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court